Business Owner Who Was Tied Up, Robbed Speaks Out

A business owner who was tied up and robbed says his good faith in people has all but faded.

Leslie Stroud spoke to WITN News a day after his scrap metal business on Highway 11 was robbed. "I got my family right here next to me and, uh, It's just not something you wanna have to go through with," Stroud told reporter Ken Heineck.

From now on, the gate Stroud's scrap metal business will remain closed. Until now he used to allow anyone to drive in and do business, but that all changed Wednesday morning. "He got out and by the time he got out the door he had a gun on me and the other one come around the truck with a gun on me and, uh, kind of a horrifying experience. They robbed me outside here and then forced me inside and made me lay down on the floor and went through my stuff inside."

Lenoir County deputies have released surveillance photos of the two gunmen, as well as a picture of a white van that may have been used as a getaway vehicle.

To see the surveillance pictures, click on the PHOTOS tab at the top of the story

The robbers got away with an undetermined amount of cash, and even though Stroud walked away without a scratch, he knows it could have been much worse. "I figured when they were pushing me inside that that was it for me and I really didn't have a choice. I mean you got two guns stuck on gonna do 'bout what they say."

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Lenoir County deputies say they are now looking for a white van that was caught on a surveillance camera Wednesday morning.

They say the van may be connected with the robbery of a business owner who was tied up during the crime.

A surveillance camera caught the gunmen as they robbed Leslie Stroud's scrap metal business on Highway 11 South around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Stroud's hands and feet were tied up with duct tape and the robbers stole an undetermined amount of cash from the man. Deputies say Stroud was not hurt.

To see the surveillance pictures, click on the PHOTOS tab at the top of the story

Deputies say the gunmen got away in a Chevy Suburban which was located about an hour later, not far from the crime scene. Investigators believe the gunmen probably then got it another vehicle. A U-Haul truck was seen in the area.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Lenoir County Sheriff's Office at 252-559-6140.

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