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Reward offered in store manager's slaying

Posted April 17, 2008
Updated May 6, 2008

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— The company that operates a Raleigh convenience store where a manager was shot to death a week ago offered a reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Stephanie Powell Anderson, 39, was killed inside a Trade Wilco convenience store on Trawick Road in the early hours of April 10. Family members said Anderson opened the store each day at 4:30 a.m. and that her boyfriend found her slumped behind the counter when he stopped to check on her.

Police responded to a "hold-up" alarm at the store at about 5 a.m. and determined that Anderson had been shot.

WilcoHess, which operates the convenience store, on Thursday offered a $25,000 reward in the case.

“The entire WilcoHess family is mourning the loss of Stephanie Anderson, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family," company President Steve Williams said in a statement. "We hope anyone with information that could help the police investigation of this tragic and senseless crime will come forward.”

Officers set up a checkpoint on Trawick Road last weekend to talk to people who might have been in the area around the time of the shooting. They also have investigated possible links to other crimes in the area.

Police said Thursday the slaying resulted from a robbery attempt.

More than 170 robberies were reported in Raleigh in the first two months of this year, which is a 50 percent increase over the same period in 2007.

Anyone with information about Anderson’s shooting is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME.

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  • lovecarolinagutters Apr 18, 2008

    colliedave, I am probably as anti Obama as they come. What I am is a realist. Your theory on the Great Depression is very true. The differance in then and no is; then, people had morals and practiced right from wrong. Now, their is no morality, some people would rather take what is not theirs than work or settle for whatever meager wage they make and make do with that. People today never have enough, they are always wanting more.

  • Beach4Me Apr 18, 2008

    Apparently, there were no surveillance cameras or the pictures would have already been out on TV for the public to see.

  • Ignatius Reilly Apr 18, 2008

    "More than 170 robberies were reported in Raleigh in the first two months of this year, which is a 50 percent increase over the same period in 2007."

    I don't know if it is people trying to get money for their next fix or people suffering from the downturn of the economy. In either case, this is a stunning statistic.

  • colliedave Apr 17, 2008

    As long as prices keep skyrocketing, robberies are going to increase. I am not saying that it is right, but desperate people do deserate things

    HOGWASH!!!!

    Most likely they are desperate to get their next fix. According to your illogic the Great Depression would have been a time filled with crime. Sound as if you are a obama-maniac.

  • FIGSSIT Apr 17, 2008

    WRAL, please keep this story on the FRONT PAGE AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO CATCH THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE. Prove to people that it's not only cute white girls who get all the media attention.
    Thanks.

  • lovecarolinagutters Apr 17, 2008

    As long as prices keep skyrocketing, robberies are going to increase. I am not saying that it is right, but desperate people do deserate things.
    Hope they find they person/s that are responsible.

  • 3potato4 Apr 17, 2008

    I hope the reward helps to lead to an arrest. And then I hope whoever collects the reward puts it in trust for this poor womans children and their future.

  • Dark_Horse Apr 17, 2008

    When will the surveillance photos be released?

  • Adelinthe Apr 17, 2008

    Good for WilcoHess. Many convenience store chains wouldn't do that.

    Praying, praying, praying they find the perp(s).

    Was there no security camera in the store???

    God bless.

    Rev. RB