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Suspect Arrested In Cameron Village, Bookstore Robberies

Posted November 15, 2005 12:22 p.m. EST

— Raleigh police have arrested a suspect in connection with a string of robberies that occurred over the past four days.

Charles Wilson Kochersberger, 26, is charged with four counts of armed robbery. Police said he implied he had a gun and robbed an employee of $119 at Kerr Drug on Avent Ferry Road Monday morning.

A short time later, Raleigh police spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the robbery and arrested Kochersberger during a traffic stop at the intersection of South Person Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Authorities said Kochersberger also robbed the Fresh Market grocery store in Cameron Village on Saturday and held up a woman at an ATM across from the Harris Teeter grocery store in the shopping center.

Police said that on Sunday, Kochersberger also presented a book and robbery note to a cashier at Quail Ridge Books & Music on Wade Avenue. The note, which said, "Don't be a hero," were the same words used in the grocery store holdup.

Store owner Nancy Olson said the suspect tapped a metallic-sounding object concealed in his sleeve on the counter to suggest he had a gun. After getting money, the man left the store, all without drawing the attention of other customers.

"It's such a traumatic thing," Olson said. "First of all, you're weak at the thought of one of your employees getting hurt. And then, you're just angry that they do something that's such a violation."

Kochersberger, who according to court records, is an employee at Gap at Crabtree Valley Mall, is being held in the Wake County Jail on a $250,000 bond.