Greenville Cafe Held Up Sunday Night

Police say a cafe was held up Sunday night in Greenville.

It happened at the Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the Lynncroft Shopping Center on the corner of Evans Street and Greenville Boulevard.

Police say just before 6:00 p.m. an armed masked gunman came into the business and demanded money.

The two employees in the cafe were not injured and police ask anyone with information on the crime to call Pitt-Greenville Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777.


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  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Dec 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    Olivia, ditto. I used to spend quite a bit of cash in Greenville. That ended three years ago when the crime spree escalated. It came on slowly, but has progressed about like I anticipated. Parking lot robberies(of young Mothers with small children in vehicles, and elderly ladies at the mall) were the No.1 reason I quit going. I knew then, it was going to get worse. I grew up in a large city in N.C. and it wasn't that bad. 'Course, things could have changed there also. Bottomline? I believe that 90% of crimes committed are DRUG-based; junkies is what we used to call them. People who are looking for the next fix at any cost. Junkies a.k.a. druggies do not have the same 'mind-set' average citizens have. They are clouded and sickened by the drug they are addicted to. If law-abiding citizens could get the statistics on the number of crimes committed by drug abusers, it would soon become apparent. Once addicted, always addicted too. Look at Russia's drug parks; they even supply the syringes.
  • by aelfyre on Dec 15, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    The police and city council only seem to care a bout the bars downtown as far as security goes. Who cares about those of us that live here year round?
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2009 at 08:12 PM
    To Open carry .. having a gun is not a solve all. People dont realize that they also have to practice shooting. So just going out and buying a gun is not the solution. People need to buy guns and also practice or get training. Only after a couple of criminals get hurt because someone pulls a gun on them will they think twice about criminal endeavors.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2009 at 08:00 PM
    I wish it were that simple. Open Carry or Concealed Carry with permit seems nice until you see two otherwise law abiding citizens get into a scuffle that escalates into one pulling a gun they are legally carrying. Just having the gun makes people feel more powerful than they really are and thus do things they would not normally do. If your not the type to step in and break up a violent "no weapons fight" or stand up for someone clearly being wronged by another or if you don't think of yourself as someone considering taking action against an armed thug even if your not armed, then you may not be the person who should be carrying. If you are that type of person then it is likely considering that you could do all of the above without a gun to begin with that you will never need it and so never un-holster it unless your damned certain to use it without hesitation and without regret. Armed hot head vigilantes we don't need, nor shaky Jane with closed eyes pulling the trigger.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    This is just further proof of why Greenville is the slum of Eastern North Carolina.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    Open Carry is a great idea but many people freak out at the sight of someone carrying a gun. i was recently in a Golden Corral in another state and a man in line pulled out a rifle round and showed it to someone he was with. Well another person in line just about freaked out just at the sight of the bullet so I can only imagine what they would have done if he had of had a handgun on his hip. Open carry also makes you an instant target to anyone with criminal intent. Meaning they can get the jump on you because in most cases they case the location first or that they see that you are armed and decide to try and take your weapon from you. The best recourse is to get a CCW license. This way it does not draw attention.
  • by Open Carry Location: Washington on Dec 14, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    Anyone who may legally purchase a handgun, and is over the age of 18 may legally carry a handgun in NC without any sort of special "carry permit" or license, as long as it is openly displayed. If the law-abiding citizens of Greenville would arm themselves, and let it be KNOW that they were armed, maybe these thugs would take their "game" somewhere else. Open Carry deters crime, because criminals are cowards. The US Supreme court has ruled in numerous cases that the police are under no legal obligation to provide personal protection for individual citizens. We, as citizens, need to stop relying on the "nanny state" to wipe our noses and shoo away the bullies. Our own safety is OUR responsibility. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away...
  • by Facts on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    Crime and Greenville are meant for eachother. Kind of like cookies and milk.
  • by Anon Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    We need a police chief that will stand up to these thugs and let them know that this kind of crime WON'T be tolerated in our city. Let someone walk up on me and see if they don't meet my concealed 9mm!
  • by Worried Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:21 PM
    Just driving around Greenville is so ridiculous now I only shop in the day time. I avoid at least 3 wrecks a day ...mostly folks just doing the most incredibly dumb things. Nothing in any store here is worth a wreck! Thank goodness not many patrons or children were there. I think arming citizens with tazers just might be a good thing!!!!
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