POLICE: Salvation Army Employee, Restaurant Targeted By Armed Robbers

Kinston police are releasing new details after a woman and restaurant were robbed within two hours of each other.

Officer Woody Spencer said at 5:44 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the Little Bank on West Vernon Avenue for an armed robbery.

According to officers, a man wearing all dark clothes and a ski mask approached a woman, demanding her money bag.

Police said the Salvation Army Thrift Store employee handed over the night deposit bag and the robber took off running behind the bank. No one was hurt during that armed robbery.

Almost two hours later, officers were called to King's Restaurant at 7:32 p.m. for the report of an armed robbery there.

Officer Spencer said in that case, witnesses reported seeing a heavy-set man with bushy eyebrows and a blue bandana covering part of his face come in with a handgun, demanding money.

That man took off in what was described as a black KIA sport utility vehicle.

No one was injured during the robbery at King's.

As officers continue their investigations into both cases, you are asked to call Kinston Public Safety at (252) 939-3160 or the TIPS Line at (252) 939-4020 with any information that may help solve the cases.


We are working to gather information on two reported armed robberies in Kinston from Tuesday night.

Police responded to a call at the Little Bank on West Vernon Avenue. We were on scene shortly after the call came into police.

The Kinston Free Press reports an individual pulled a gun on a person as they were making a deposit and managed to take off with the bag and the cash.

We also had reports of another armed robbery at the King's Restaurant on Highway 70.

The paper says a person robbed the cashier around 7:15 p.m.

This would be the second time that restaurant has been hit in the past three days.