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Raleigh grocery store robbed; employees detained

Posted August 2, 2014

— A Lowes Food store located on Louisburg Road in Raleigh was robbed early Saturday, police said.

According to police, two masked men, armed with handguns, broke into the store around 1:30 a.m. and detained two on-duty employees. After learning that neither of the employees could access cash, the suspects held the employees until the day-shift employees arrived for work. 

When two additional employees arrived at around 6 a.m., the suspects robbed the store. The store employees were not injured, police said. 

Sara Bell and her boyfriend were making a stop at the store to grab some breakfast when they stumbled on the active scene. 

"We had no idea what was going on," Bell said. "It looked like the lights were on inside, but we could not see if anyone was inside or what had happened."

Sam Botros owns a pizza restaurant near the Lowes and said he is on high alert after the robbery. 

"Hopefully nothing like this will happen again," he said. 

According to police, one suspect was described as a standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 160-170 pounds. The suspect was described as having a thin, but muscular frame and was last seen wearing a baseball cap. Detailed information was not immediately available concerning the second suspect. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information that might assist with the investigation should call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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  • JasTay0565 Aug 6, 2014

    TOO CLOSE TO HOME, THIS IS A PUBLIC SUPERMARKET....WHERE IS THE CAMERA FOOTAGE?

  • Nancy Oberman Aug 4, 2014

    Employees held "hostage at gunpoint" I think you meant to write.... This goes WAY beyond being "detained"....

  • MrX-- Aug 4, 2014

    "According to police, one suspect was described as a standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 160-170 pounds. The suspect was described as having a thin, but muscular frame and was last seen wearing a baseball cap."

    A person holds up a store and holds employees for four hours and then robs the next shift that shows up and this is all the description you can come up with. No idea the race or gender from that many witnesses over that amount of time?!?!?

  • Doug Hanthorn Aug 4, 2014

    WRAL, now this headline is truly confusing. The story doesn't mention why the employees were detained or by who. Do you actually mean that the employees were held hostage through the night? The headline sounds like the police detained them. Robbers hold people hostage. Police detain people.

  • Barbara Sossomon Aug 4, 2014

    According to police, one suspect was described as a standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 160-170 pounds. The suspect was described as having a thin, but muscular frame and was last seen wearing a baseball cap. Detailed information was not immediately available concerning the second suspect.

    Well, that first description is not going to identify anyone. (male, female, race, hair color?) And these robbers were in the store for 5 plus hours and no one could describe the second one? This all sounds so weird.

  • Steve Morrison Aug 4, 2014

    That's really close to home. It is a somewhat nice area. Armed robbery is ridiculously stupid and usually ends up in an arrest. The description of the suspects is very general and useless though. Nevertheless, I hope they get caught sooner than later.

  • Dean Beabout Aug 4, 2014

    "According to police, one suspect was described as a standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 160-170 pounds. The suspect was described as having a thin, but muscular frame and was last seen wearing a baseball cap. Detailed information was not immediately available concerning the second suspect."

    Was the suspect Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, etc. !?! Come on, why can they not provide more detail in the description on this one suspect?