Police still seeking Family Dollar robbery suspects

From staff reportsJune 3, 2014 

— Police have asked for public assistance to solve the second robbery of the Family Dollar at Plaza Circle in six months.

Two men went into the store at 505 Plaza Circle about 9:45 p.m. on May 23. One of them had a silver handgun, and the pair demanded money.

The men were described as black, one 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6 and one about 5-foot-11. The shorter man appeared to be in his 20s. Both were thin, and the shorter man was described as having big eyes.

Both wore dark, hooded sweatshirts, dark pants and masks. The taller man wore black-and-white Nike shoes, police said. The last they were seen, the two were headed on foot toward Circle Drive.

Police spokesman Sgt. Troy Young said investigators do not believe the robbery had any connection to the Dec. 23 robbery of the same store. In that case, one suspect, Timothy Deonte Cooper, was arrested almost two months after he and another suspect both brandished handguns and stole $4,792.74 from the manager before the store near Benson Road and U.S. 70 opened.

Young couldn’t say for certain why that store repeated as a target. He admitted its proximity to major roads and perception that it might have more cash and less of a workforce – particularly at night and in the morning – could make it an attractive choice for someone looking to rob a store.

“I would think those businesses do a little bit more cash than some other retailers, and often have one or two people working it. Between that and a WalMart, it might be a more attractive choice,” Young said.

Police asked that anyone with information about the robbery or about people matching the suspects’ descriptions call Investigator Preston Charles at 919-772-8810.

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