Clerks Forced In Restroom During Robbery

Deputies are searching for a gunman who held up a convenience store Monday night in Pitt County.

The robbery happened around 10:25 p.m. at the Trade Mart on Highway 43 North. Deputies say the lone gunman came into the store and demanded money be put into a bag. He then made the two women clerks go into a restroom.

The women stayed in the restroom until the gunman left and they felt it was safe to come out. The gunman got away with a small amount of cash.

The robber is described described as a black man, 5' 4" to 5' 8" tall with a medium build. He was wearing a dark colored zip-up hoodie, black pants, dark colored shirt and his face was covered with a mask that had eye holes in it.

Anyone with information on this robbery should call the Pitt County Sheriff's Office at (252)830-4141.

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  • by angela Location: greenville on Jan 6, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    i knew one of the clerks who got a gun pointed on them,i hope they fine te person who done this.
  • by Data Man on Jan 6, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    To Catus, you are so right. I dont consider your comment racist. I think organizations like the NAACP are great but they need to be used for the right reasons. They shouldnt be used is someone has went out and murdered people just for the heck of it!! I have a family and wouldnt want my kids shooting anyone just because of an attitude problem. It makes me sad to see all of these young black men in the news each morning for murder, robbing and killing! Its so sad. There was a time when we as black people were hanged for no reason and killed for smallest thing we did. The laws have changed but as being a African American we still struggle in a lot of areas because racisism still goes on all around us. This still dont justify committing stupid acts and hurting people. It just makes us a black men look really bad when it comes to everyday life.
  • by Marie Location: Greenville on Jan 6, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    Folks, stop making race an issue in your comments. Blacks are not the only ones committing senseless crimes. Read on:
  • by Open Carry Location: Washington on Jan 5, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    Glad to hear these honest, hardworking clerks escaped unscathed--they were lucky this time. If these late-night businesses would allow their employees to carry legally-owned personal firearms for their own protection, and late-night emlploees would take the time to get training, and a Concealed Handgun Permit, these sorts of attacks would drop off dramatically. I have worked the late-night shift in several jobs, and I always carry. I value my life and love my family, so I take PERSONAL responsibility for my own safety. Don't rely on your employer--thy don't care. Don't rely on the police--when seconds count, the police are only a few minutes away. People need to take PERSONAL responsibility for their own safety, and stop expecting the "nanny state" to hold their hands all the time...
  • by GEEZ on Jan 5, 2010 at 05:35 PM
    Young black men continue to show why this country is going down the toilet.
  • by Chase on Jan 5, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    Dang DataMan You Have Been HANNITIEZED.You may not know what that means.Listen to the EIB network at12:06PM to 9:06PM Maybe you will be RUSHATIZED!Or SavageItized.But I"m not holding my breathe.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 5, 2010 at 02:43 PM
    Data Man, you said a mouth full. Good post. I'm not trying to make this racist, but why does not the NAACP and the church community get upset at their kids and try to make changes to help, rather than set back and wait for black/white crime so they can complain about the white man.
  • by wilcoemployee Location: winterville on Jan 5, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    As a Wilco employee for just about 2 years, I always feel safe in the location I am at. We stay aware of who enters and leaves our store. Winterville police also do an excellent job at securing our site. However I do wish we could be provided extra training in areas for protection.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville NC on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    Install clear-bullet proof shield, protect your employees... Upfront cost saves a life.. How many more easy targets will it take for employers like this, who operate late night stores..begin to place their employees behind shielded counters. These type employees are hard working, honest people, just working to support themselves, family, children..and they have to be terrorized by low life-lazy thugs who think it's easier to steal than work.. Crime pays because they are "easy" targets.. Protect the employee, let the thug have all the candy bars and soda he wants.. But save a life..!!
  • by Data Man on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    Here we go again. It is so said that our young black men are doing this type of stuff. robbing for a few dollars is so stupid. I am not going to be dumb enough to go to jail for a few dollars!! Not justifying anything but if you are going to take money, let it be worth it!! Then when we get shot we want to say the white man just want to kill a black person!! NO! If you robbed my family or me I would shoot you as well!! I went to the court house one day and I couldnt believe that it was full of US! (blacks). The white men and women are dressed up defending us and we are looking like thugs getting ready to appear in from of the judge! One young man had a bag that he had just got from bojangles! He looked like he had been there all day and was use to doing this. Can't get a job!? Join the army or go work on a farm if you already are a felon!!!
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