Two robberies in one day in Winterville have some in the community wondering if they are safe and if they have enough officers on the street. While they're unsolved at this time, investigators have released photos of one of the robberies.
Detectives say surveillance pictures of the robbery Sunday night at the Wilco-Hess gas station on Worthington and Old Tar Roads in Winterville show a white man about 5'4", wearing a black hoodie, jean shorts, and black and green running shoes. Police say he threatened an employee and demanded cash from the register around 8:00 pm Sunday. Hours earlier, just a block away, the Family Dollar store was robbed. Officers did not offer a description in that crime, but say two employees were inside at the time. They have not said if the town crimes are related. This is the fourth robbery in a one month.
Some residents are concerned there's a crime wave and not enough officers to handle to influx, but Winterville's mayor Doug Jackson disagrees.
"We have very good police officers and with the adjoining towns that are half the town of Winterville have fewer police officers than we got. In my opinion, our officers do a real good job," said Jackson.
The Winterville Police Department has 17 sworn officers.