Local News

Authorities: Zebulon Robbery Suspect Hit Businesses To Support Drug Habit

Posted June 24, 2003 4:38 a.m. EDT

— Police in Zebulon say a man suspected in a series of armed robberies was arrested Tuesday morning -- hours after his latest robbery.

Police said

Bob Alexander Weathers

, 30, was suspected of four robberies in Zebulon. The latest happened at 5:40 a.m. at the Dash-In Food Mart located at 1312 N. Arendell Ave. That same store was one of three businesses robbed Monday.

Zebulon police got a tip that Weathers was inside a trailer in Pilot. Authorities conducted surveillance on the trailer and later arrested Weathers without incident. Police said the trailer was known as a place where drug users gather.

"We know from past history with him that he has a serious drug problem," police Chief Tim Hayworth said. "Sources are telling us he is using the money to buy cocaine, and then he is sharing that cocaine with a small group of friends. He is actually supplying the party for everybody. So we think he is doing the robbery, running out buying the dope, having a party and when that drug wears off -- when he rests up a little bit -- he is coming back and doing another one."

Police believe Weathers first struck at midnight Sunday at the Zebulon Food Lion in the Triangle East Shopping Center. He reportedly returned at 6:28 a.m. and robbed the Dash-In Food Mart.

Police said Weathers fled the scene of the crimes in a silver 2002 Toyota RAV4, which belongs to Weathers' sister.

A third robbery occurred at 12:39 p.m. Monday at the La Campara located at 1701 N. Arendell Ave. Weathers reportedly fled in an older model silver-color Volvo. According to police, an unidentified white woman accompanied the suspect during the third robbery.

In each of the robberies, police said Weathers entered the store and lingered for a few minutes -- apparently waiting for the store to empty of customers. He then allegedly approached the cashier as if he was going to make a purchase but instead produced a handgun and demanded cash. In each crime, Weathers allegedly made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Weathers, a former Wake County detention officer, was fired on Aug. 3. Police considered him dangerous and are concerned about his mental state.

Zebulon police also said Weathers just got out of jail last Thursday on breaking and entering charges.