SBI Called In To Help Investigate Home Robberies, Shootings

A Golden Retriever is being called a hero by it owners after he was shot in the head during a robbery attempt.

"Fat Boy" came home from the vet Friday, recovering from his ordeal.

Residents of the North Lenoir area of Lenoir County are being warned to lock their doors and not open your door unless you know who is on the other side. This after the series of home armed robberies occurred this week.

The sheriff's office is now asking for help from the State Bureau of Investigation.

Lenoir County deputies say in all three cases the men were wearing various masks. Deputies say they believe the men are being transported into the area, with a getaway vehicle left nearby.

The first case happened around 12:15 a.m. Monday on Institute Road. The homeowner was held at gunpoint, then blindfolded him and stole several items. Michael Taylor was hit over the head and one of the robbers fired his gun, almost striking the man.

The next case happened around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday. Three masked men came into a home on Dusty Road, Snow Hill through an unlocked door. The men held Bobby Melton and Leonard Smith at gunpoint, forced them to disrobe and took items from the home.

The latest case took place Thursday around 12:20 a.m. That's when two masked men knocked at the door of a home on Fred Everette Road, LaGrange. The resident opened the door with the men pointing a handgun at her. That's when her dog ran out and one of the gunmen shot it in the head and then ran from the home. Deputies say nothing was taken in that robbery attempt.

The men are described as black males, anywhere from 5'8" to 5'10" in height, 130 to 150 lbs, and in their early 20's.

Anyone having any information about these cases are asked to contact the Kinston-Lenoir County Crime Stoppers.

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  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    It would be nice if someone would steal the getaway car while the robbers were in a dwelling, but that would be advocating crime. Sort of a poetic justice. The SBI will get them.
  • by Concerned in Kinston on Jun 15, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    I can't believe the comments I am reading. Most people seemed to be more worried a/b a dog instead of a person. I love pets but come on now. Pets can be replaced. People and family can't. I was upset when I got up here to finally read the report a/b the break ins 4days later to see the 1st topic being the lady's dog. Mike's took place 1st and yet it was like here we go. He got hurt out of all the break-ins. Staples, banged up, swollen face OH YEAH AND SHOT AT. Being missed by just a matter of inches. What is it going to take for something to be done? Someone dying?
  • by Dirty Harry Location: LaGrange on Jun 13, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    Last night a car parked in my driveway and by the time I could get my pants on and to the door they were gone.I'll tell the deputies to find a car with .45 holes in it.
  • by David Location: LaGrange on Jun 13, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    I will protect myself at all lengths.Even though I know the criminals have more rights than I do.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    Yes, TWillis, and I will bow and genflect to the billboards that were "donated". I am not, and never will be impressed by the "good ol' boy" LCSO.
  • by Well on Jun 13, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    To CCW. Thanks for the response. I also try to prepare as much as I can. I fear more for my wife and my daughter than I fear for myself. The reason that I said that you can get caught off guard is because criminals normally watch your habits before they strike. My home was broken and I have done all that I can to prevent it again. However, even the alarm company will tell you that the alarm only serves as a deterrent to MOST criminals. I feel these armed robbers conduct themselves in the same way. While I do agree with you that being prepared surely does put one at and advantage, I am more concerned with people who just start carrying guns vigilante style. They are more likely to get themselves or others killed. Don't get me wrong though; I fully support the right to bear arms to protect yourself if necessary. These guys are indeed thugs that need to be dealt with harshly once caught.
  • by CCW Location: Washington, NC on Jun 13, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    To Well: I agree with you completely on the fact that the color of a person's does not automatically make them a criminal. I judge a man according to his actions. As to your comment about being caught "off guard" I disagree with you on that point. Being prepared to defend yourself is not as simple as belting a firearm on your hip when you walk out your front door. I believe being prepared is a frame of mind, a way of life. You can train yourself to be ever vigilent and take note of your surroundings at all times. In a fire-fight, because of adrenelin, you are only going to 1/2 as good as normal. This is reduced further if you're awakened from sleep. My point is that if you're truly commited, you can train to compensate for these shortcommings and be able to defend yourself and your loved ones at all times.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jun 13, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    YEA! go ahead and shoot one of them and see what better hope it's not in lenoir county.the D.A will put you away in lenoir county they protect their criminals.why do you think the punk's came to that county to begin with?I know think what you will.
  • by Well on Jun 12, 2009 at 10:45 PM
    To: People wake up and ME....what's your point? I'm black. I'm an upstanding citizen. I have a college degree and a very good job. Should I be discriminated against or wrongly profiled by someone with a CCW? I can name some crimes that white people are most likely to commit. Does that mean I should get my CCW and wait until I feel like the right white person comes along to serve them my justice? What you are advocating sounds like vigilante justice which is CRIMINAL. Moreover, all of you that talk so lofty in here will not be talking so much when you are caught off guard and a gun is pointing in your face. I worked criminal justice for almost ten years and I carried a service weapon. Not once was I foolish enough to think I was immune from this type of crime. It happens to anyone when you are least expected. Statistics prove that most people that don't cooperate get injured or killed. A swift and harsh justice system will cure most of it; however.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 12, 2009 at 08:58 PM
    Thanks again Obama. The Stimulas Plan is a Joke. Nobody got a job from it. Now a home invasion is the new job for some people to get $$$$$ Money? Thanks for the change Obama

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