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Police Warn of Cigarette Robber

        Police want to make citizens aware of three separate incidents involving the same general modus operandi and description in a 24-hour period over the weekend. On at least three occasions, a black male approached strangers and asked for a cigarette, then pulls his shirt up to reveal a handgun or pulls the handgun out and orders the victim to give him their valuables.


              The first reported incident over the weekend occurred in the Wal-Mart parking lot on 1550 Skibo Road on 7/29/2010 at 11:35pm. When the victim told the suspect he had no cigarettes, a gun appearing to be a Glock was displayed and the suspect took a pack of cigarettes from the victim and fled. The suspect was described as a black male wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and a hat.


               The second reported incident occurred about a half-hour later at an outside table at the Books-A-Million located at 1920 Skibo Road. A suspect matching the exact same description walked up to a group of four individuals and asked for a cigarette. When the victims said they had no cigarettes, the suspect placed a handgun on the table and stole three wallets and a cell phone before fleeing.


               The third reported incident occurred at the Divine Line Tattoo Shop located at 5129 Raeford Road on 7/30/2010 at 2:05pm. The victim was sitting at a table outside when the suspect asked for a cigarette, then displayed a handgun in his waistband and took the victim’s wallet. That suspect was described as a 5-foot 8-inch tall black male about 19 years old and weighing about 150-pounds with a short haircut, a goatee wearing a gray shirt and blue shorts. A witness noticed the suspect entering a green Jeep Wrangler or Cherokee with another black male before the suspects fled.


               Police offer these suggestions to consider if you become a victim of such an incident:

  • Call 911 immediately following the incident
  • Do not talk to anyone about the incident until law enforcement arrives
  • Do not discuss the amount of money or items taken with anyone other than law enforcement.
  • Try to recall as much as you can about the robber’s appearance to include age, race, height, weight, hair, complexion, scars, marks, tattoos, clothing.
  • If a vehicle is involved, try to note make, model, color, plate number and any other distinguishing marks

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