One arrested, another sought in Family Dollar armed robbery

kjahner@newsobserver.comMarch 4, 2014 


— Garner police made an arrest in connection to a Dec. 23 armed robbery at Family Dollar, but still seek an accomplice.

On. Feb. 18, investigators charged Timonthy Deonte Cooper, 23, with armed robbery. According to a police press release, Cooper – a Garner resident – and another person went to the store near Benson Road and U.S. 70 at about 6:15 a.m., before it opened.

They both brandished handguns, according to police spokesman Chris Clayton, and relieved $4,792.74 from the manager, who was there early for a delivery truck’s arrival.

The two suspects wore masks, so police didn’t have a description beyond suspects being black males.

Clayton said police aren’t sure if the suspects either had information from someone else or simply scouted the delivery process in advance, but he said the robberies did not appear to lack planning.

“There’s some way I think the people knew what they were doing rather than (it being) a crime of opportunity,” Clayton said.

Clayton did not say what led to Cooper, citing the ongoing investigation. An investigator had been tracking Cooper’s whereabouts, Clayton said, and knew that a civil court case in which he was involved was on the calendar for Tuesday in Raleigh.

Police arrested Cooper at the Wake County Courthouse, their report said.

Police ask anyone with information on this case to call the department at 919-772-8810.

Propane theft

In another case, Wake County sheriff’s deputies arrested Castro Francisco Turrubiartes, 37, of 4504 Graham Newton Road, a Raleigh address in unincorporated Wake County.

Turrubiartes, whom deputies said they found in Zebulon, was being sought in the Dec. 27 theft from the Garner Home Depot on Timber Drive of eight propane tanks used to power forklifts.

The tanks were worth about $1,700, police said in a warrant they had obtained for Turrubiartes.

Cooper was being held in lieu of $225,000 bail for a first court appearance Wednesday.


Jahner: 919-829-4822; Twitter: @garnercleveland

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