Greenville Cops Stop Armed Robbery In Progress

Greenville Police stop an armed robbery in progress and they find one suspect carrying a sawed off shotgun.

It happened Friday night just after 9:30pm at the intersection of Pitt and Brown street.

Police say they spotted three men getting ready to rob the ET Mart before they were stopped.

The men according to police were wearing ski-masks on their head and one had a sawed off shot gun in his pants.

Cpl. Kip Gaskins of the Greenville PD says after questioning the suspects officers realized the had just stopped an armed robbery in progress.

Police arrested Jeremy Moore, Antwane Powell and Anthony Smith. All were charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The three men were taken to the Pitt County Detention Center.

Here's the arrest info given to WITN by the Greenville Police Department:

Arrested:

Jeremy Lamar Moore
20 years of age
Charges: Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Possession of a Weapon of Mass Destruction (Sawed Off Shotgun) & Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Detention: Pitt County Detention Center
Bond: $80,000 Secured

Antwane Corday Powell
20 years of age
Charge: Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery
Detention: Pitt County Detention Center
Bond: $75,000 Secured

Anthony Ray Smith
23 years of age
Charge: Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery
Detention: Pitt County Detention Center
Bond: $75,000 Secured


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  • by John W Harvey Location: Pearland, Tx. on May 5, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    Why wern't the 3 guys that were arrested before they could pull an armed robbery charged with possission of a sawes off shotgun. Under a certain length it is punishable by 10 years in prison or a $10,000 fine or both. They need to get the most severe punishment that the state can give then. There should be absulutly no going easy on anyone that commits a crime with a firearm. Sincerely SFC (Ret) Joh w. Harvey 4802 Elm St. Pearland, Tx. 77581-3816
  • by Get'Em Location: GreenvilleNC on Jan 27, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    Good job guys. See also the recent story of alert neighbors stopping a robbery in progress here in Greenville.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    it is illegal for a private citizen to possess a sawed-off modern smokeless powder shotgun (a barrel length less than 18 in. or 46 cm and an overall length less than 26 inches) without a tax-stamped permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Under 18 inch barrel is a federal offense.Above 18 inch, is a concealed weapon, not a federal issue unless used to commit a felony.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jan 26, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    Great job GPD. where are all the normal police bashers? (out committing crimes?). The case could also involve Federal time as the shotgun was sawed off (ie. a federal crime). Preventing this was the right thing as someone could have been killed if this was allowed to continue. It is very fortunate the police saw it, if it had been neighbors no one would have seen anything (the ones who are the loudest in protesting the police actions). Help the police, don't hinder them!
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jan 26, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    Posted by: What? Location: Pitt on Jan 26, 2009 at 09:35 AM To: Mike. Fed time isn't handed down on every gun case. There are plenty of felony cases involving guns that are charged by the state because the federal courts won't pick them up. And should have let them rob the store first? There was a gun involved. What if someone got shot during the robbery with the police watching outside? The Feds SHOULD be charging every case involving a weapon of mass destruction (illegal Class 3). That is what they used against Randy Weaver when he was "accused" of shortening a shotgun. To let the robbery happen was light hearted sarcasm.
  • by What? Location: Pitt on Jan 26, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    To: Mike. Fed time isn't handed down on every gun case. There are plenty of felony cases involving guns that are charged by the state because the federal courts won't pick them up. And should have let them rob the store first? There was a gun involved. What if someone got shot during the robbery with the police watching outside?
  • by Rick Location: Greenville on Jan 25, 2009 at 10:58 PM
    USDA Boyz, you sound rather foolish in your poorly written comment..
  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Jan 25, 2009 at 10:50 PM
    Great job GPD!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Jan 25, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    To: Anonymous Location: Pitt County I think that you are misreading the comments of the people. The way that I read it is, They are praising Law enforcement officers, but they are being sarcastic about the justice system. We all know that enforcement is a tough job. Cops are willing to put their lives on the line to protect the best interest of all. What most "post" are indicating is, the cops are doing a fine job only to have their efforts torn apart by lawyers. It is not cops that we are poking fun at, it is the justice system.
  • by mitch on Jan 25, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    Not taking anything away from them (GPD) but its a good chance you can find someone planning a robbery around there at any given time.
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