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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  • by Concerned Location: Kinston on Jan 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM
    The business is a scrap metal business. The reported used car business is owned by Fuzzy Stroud's uncle. It is not on the same property. The uncle owns property next to the scrap metal business. Hopefully the business security cameras will allow the robbers to be identified.
  • by OpenCarry on Jan 17, 2010 at 10:08 PM
    Anonymous, I'm with you. I never leave my home without a little "something" on my hip. Concealed (yes, I have a permit), open-carry (don't need a permit in NC!), whatever my clothing allows. If more honest citizens took personal responsibility for their own safety, maybe these thugs would take their "game" somewhere else. Remember folks, Self-Defense is a HUMAN RIGHT. Open Carry is LEGAL in NC, if you can legally own a handgun and requires NO permit.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jan 14, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    known fuzzy for a while, over 40 years. back in the day , he had his gun on him as well as his daddy "poor bill" at the old store.
  • by Beuafort T. " J " Location: Williamston on Jan 14, 2010 at 05:27 PM
    Catch them and send em to Afganistan with no weapon,let em catch bullets bring the good guys home. Problem solved, guaranteed. Done. Wake up America.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    This is why I do ot leave my house without my PEA SHOOTER.I Am Packing everywhere I GO! Glad I dont live there but it could happen anywhere.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jan 14, 2010 at 04:43 PM
    Why is it that survalence cameras are so grainy and have poor images. I'm suprised they didn't still the aluminum and copper also.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    A song in the sixties or seventies,Ooo,OOOoo What a lucky man he was!
  • by tom Location: rm on Jan 14, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    look in rocky mount
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 14, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    Several years ago Dallas, Texas convenience stores were under siege of "hold up men", the Dallas police dept. decided on a shotgun squad, these shotguns were placed at random (in the coolers) around the stores, if some one showed a gun they were shot, no questions ask. Reduced the convenience store crime.
  • by To ANON on Jan 14, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    Yes it was Fuzzy Stroud in Deep Run.
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