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Officer captures suspect after Hillsborough robbery

Posted March 3, 2011

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— Hillsborough police arrested a convicted habitual felon in connection with the robbery of an employee making a night deposit at a bank Tuesday.

Police said that a female employee of Dollar General was depositing money at a BB&T bank, 351 S. Churton St., around 9:30 p.m. when a man knocked her to the ground and took her deposit bags.

Officer Nicholas Chelenza spotted a man riding a bike on nearby Ja-Max, police said. The man fled from Chelenza, who chased and captured him.

Police said that two deposit bags and a small amount of marijuana were found on the man, identified by police as Frederick Lamont Wardlow, 37, of 517 Tuliptree Road.

"This was not just a case of officers just being in the right place at the right time. It was a case of officers being aware and active during their patrols, responding quickly and professionally, and working together," Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton said in a statement.

Wardlow was charged with common-law robbery, resisting and delaying a public officer and possession of marijuana.

He was convicted of being a habitual felon in 1999 and has spent nearly 15 years of the past 20 behind bars, according to state Department of Correction records.

His previous convictions include assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, common-law robbery and selling drugs.

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  • fr33kswhutdafukeva Mar 4, 2011

    You know it is really a unpleasent story. But, what the cops fail to realize is that the girl that got robbed needs to be in jail to because it is his girlfriend...... Hopefully they will find out and open their eyes to this case and both of them can do the time they deserve..................

  • HologramEclipse Mar 4, 2011

    Yay Nick!

  • Keyboard Toughy Mar 3, 2011

    "The Orange county DA will make a deal with him and he will not go back to jail. They will also reduce his charges this is how they keep the criminal stats in Orange county so low." - drh3102

    Not so much the crime stats... They've been in the toilet for years. But they'll cut the deal to keep that conviction rate up.

  • tommys5 Mar 3, 2011

    work farm - A correctional facility that operates as a farm worked by prisoners.

    Get rid of the prison TVs, basketball courts and librarys .

  • drh3102 Mar 3, 2011

    The Orange county DA will make a deal with him and he will not go back to jail. They will also reduce his charges this is how they keep the criminal stats in Orange county so low.

  • Sundays Child Mar 3, 2011

    Will he finally be put away for good, or released to maybe kill the next time?

  • homerjs129 Mar 3, 2011

    Tuliptree Rd. was certainly not a shock to me

  • RUSTYROVER Mar 3, 2011

    LOOOOOOOOOSER !

  • shann5 Mar 3, 2011

    Way to go Office Chelenza! Awesome Job!

  • workingforthosethatwont Mar 3, 2011

    excellent work by the police! now court system, it's your turn. do the right thing before he gets even more violent.

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