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One caught, one sought in Craigslist ring robbery in Spring Lake

Posted December 30, 2014

Tony DL Adams, left, and Patrick Dewayne Flanagan
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— A Spring Lake resident was robbed Monday while trying to sell a $3,200 diamond engagement ring through Craigslist, but police officers quickly nabbed one of the suspects with the stolen sparkler.

The incident happened about 1:15 p.m. in the parking lot of a Spring Lake Walmart, where the seller had arranged to meet the prospective buyer. Police said Tony DL Adams, 20, drove Patrick Dewayne Flanagan, 19, to the parking lot in a gold-colored Ford and dropped him off. Flanagan allegedly robbed the seller at gunpoint and ran.

Police were called to the scene and searched the area around the store. They found Flanagan on nearby Pinetree Lane, along with the ring and a 9mm handgun investigators think was used in the robbery.

Flanagan, of 121 Green St. Apt. B in Spring Lake, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was held under a $75,000 secured bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Police are still looking for Adams, of 314 Hendon St. in Spring Lake, who is also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy. Adams is a person of interest in several recent Spring Lake robberies and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Spring Lake police at 910-436-0350.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 5, 2015

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    Unless you come out of your car for this initial meeting with your gun drawn and the safety off, how would you protect yourself from someone robbing you with *their* gun? And after they steal your money, do you think they would let you keep your gun?

  • babylaceycarpenter Dec 30, 2014

    Never meet anyone, to make any purchases or sales, without a peacemaker. And make it known that you will have it. I have never had any issue meeting in public.

  • Melvin Denis Dec 30, 2014
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    Should have met inside Mc Donald's or the Walmart, not in a parking lot.

  • Chad Johnson Dec 30, 2014
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    That's why I always keep a loaded gun on me when buying or selling on craigslist

  • neal7694 Dec 30, 2014

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    More like dumb and dumber

  • peace2u Dec 30, 2014

    Hope it was worth it, guys!

  • James Barefoot Dec 30, 2014
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    Real bright looking crew, kinda reminds me of the apple dumpling gang