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One arrested in string of Raleigh sweepstakes business robberies

Posted January 21, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015

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— One person was arrested Thursday in connection with a string of sweepstakes business robberies in Raleigh between Dec. 21. and Jan. 20.

Ephraim D'Carus Smith, 24, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the Jan. 20 robbery of Good Luck Sweepstakes at 3308 Capital Boulevard. Investigators said a CrimeStoppers tip played a significant role in Smith's arrest.

Detectives are searching for suspects in the other robberies:

  • Two men robbed Treasure Sweepstakes at 3689 New Bern Avenue on Dec. 21. At least one suspect was armed with a handgun.
  • Two men robbed Paradise Bingo at 2620 S. Saunders Street on Dec. 23. At least one suspect was armed with a handgun.
  • Two men attempted to enter Capital Sweepstakes at 3031 Capital Boulevard on Dec. 30, but fled after discovering the door was locked.
  • Three men robbed Magic Gold Sweepstakes at 4020 Capital Boulevard on Dec. 31. At least one suspect was armed with a handgun.
  • Two men robbed AIB Sweepstakes at 2416 Crabtree Boulevard on Jan. 15. At least one suspect was armed with a handgun.

Authorities believe some of the robberies are related.

Anyone with information about either of the robberies is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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  • Obama-in-2016 Jan 23, 2015

    Nothing is safe in Durham anymore.

  • xylem01 Jan 23, 2015

    Durham, anyone else surprised?

  • xylem01 Jan 23, 2015

    Durham, anyone else surprised?

  • Danny22 Jan 23, 2015

    Why do we have to put up with businesses that are illegal?

  • stymieindurham Jan 23, 2015

    "HANDS UP"!!!!

  • TWAL Jan 23, 2015

    WHAT YOU THINK REV. BARBER??

  • NotLiberal Jan 22, 2015

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    It depends on the District Attorney on whether or not it will be prosecuted. It is futile for law enforcement to investigate if the DA will not prosecute. it is scandalous how brazen these criminals have become in their attempt to buy legality for their crimes.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 22, 2015

    Per the last judges ruling, they're illegal. It depends on which county you live in if the law is enforced.

  • Matt Wood Jan 22, 2015
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    Aren't these sweepstakes places illegal, anyway?

  • disgusted2010 Jan 22, 2015

    Is there no honor among thieves? Criminals robbing criminals.

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