Information sought in Newton Grove robberies

Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer

November 19, 2013

Photographs circulating of two men believed involved in recent Newton Grove robberies have helped law enforcement officers garner leads in both cases, but no arrests have yet to be made. Officers are still encouraging anyone with information about either case — last week’s robbery at the BB&T in Newton Grove and the Oct. 7 robbery of the BP Station — to come forward or call 910-594-0829.

“We have had a few people call in and give us some names,” Newton Grove police Chief Frankie Harrells said Monday. “Right now we are working on running the leads.”

Officers, he said, are also continuing to review footage in the latest robbery, one that occurred last Wednesday at the Newton Grove branch of BB&T.

In that robbery, being called a strong arm robbery because the suspect didn’t use a weapon, a man walked into the bank just before 9:30 a.m. and handed one of the tellers a note demanding money.

The bank employees were told not to set off the alarm, and the suspect fled the bank on foot heading in the direction of the medical clinic, according to sources.

The man is described as a black male, appearing to be in his 20s. Officers believe that while he fled on foot, it is possible that there was a vehicle close by. Harrell also has not ruled out the possibility of an accomplice. not leave from the bank in a vehicle but possibly had one close by and there was a possibility of accomplices.

Last week’s bank incident comes almost a month after the BP station in Newton Grove was robbed back on Oct. 7 at around 10:30 a.m.

Harrell said officers did not believe at this time that the two were linked.

In the Oct. 7 incident, the suspect apparently cased the store, walking around inside several times before stealing money from the register. He walked around in circles in the store, going back to the bathroom area and then coming back around to the front of the store to the cashier.

“The suspect then reached across the counter and grabbed money out of the register,” Harrell said, noting that the suspect went up to the register like he was going to buy something.

He was wearing a grey Aeropostale T-shirt with the letters AERO on the front. He also had an earring in his left ear, was wearing black jeans, and had a gray baseball hat on his head.

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