Ankle Tracking Bracelet Leads To Three Robbery Arrests

Two men and a woman are in custody following the robbery of the Dollar General In Bridgeton and authorities say they were able to track down one of the suspects because he was on pre-trial release and was wearing an ankle monitoring device.

Deputies say Ciara Lewis of Pinetown, Andrew Elder of Cove City and Samuel Gaskins of Pinetown have been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities say after tracking down Elder, who was wearing the ankle monitoring device, they were then able to catch the other two.

Elder and Gaskins' bond is set at $1 million. Authorities say Elder carried a sawed-off shotgun into the business, while Gaskins was armed with a silver revolver.

Sheriff Jerry Monette tells WITN the two men came into the business on Highway 17 North in Bridgeton around 2:30 p.m.

The sheriff says there were no injuries reported in the robbery.

Employees say the gunmen got away with about $200 in cash.

Bridgeton police say the robbers were both wearing masks.

According to records, Elder was on probation for possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and a motor vehicle violation. He has a prior record for possession of a firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon, and larceny of firearms.

Gaskins has a prior record for assault on a public official, DWI and driving with license revoked.

The trio went before a district court judge this morning and remain in jail.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    Ankle tracking bracelet! That's it in "nut"shell. This makes all judges everywhere the biggest not so funny joke. If people did not want to get caught they would not commit the crime. I sure hope no one is thinking "drugs made them do it". They made themselves do it. I guess letting criminals go free keeps everyone in the court system's jobs more secure. Cause these "three stooges" will be in court again and maybe again and again in the future.
  • by Al on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    They should also be charged with attemped murder. Why else would they take guns. They intended to use them. They value no one's life inclding their own. If they do not care about themselves and set themselves up to go to prison then send them on. That is what they are asking for. "If" convicted they really don't have much of a future on the outside of bars. Their actions prove that they can not make it outside of prison. Sad to say but they will better off in prison.
  • by ROCK Location: New Bern on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    I bet mom is proud!
  • by amy on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:16 AM
    For some reason I don't think this guy will ever "learn" his lesson.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Farmville on Mar 14, 2012 at 06:58 PM
    How dumb can you be to try to do a robbery wearing a monitoring device ? he should get some time for being stupid as well...smh
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      by kattwoman on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM in reply to Elizabeth
      I agree, it was only a matter of time before he was caught. The other two who were caught are just as stupid for letting him join their gang. Dumb-Dumber-and Dumbest!
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        by Elizabeth on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:24 PM in reply to kattwoman
        I agree with you also....lol
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Mar 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
    I for one Thank GOD that most criminals are this stupid, as opposed to what would life be like if all criminals were as evil as the evil pig democrats in government??? YIKES!!
  • by Justice for All Location: Winterville on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
    The state needs to get some stimulus money to build more and bigger prisons so we can get these idiots off the street. Then send the warden and staff to see Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County Arizona for tips on handling these scumbags. They don't seem to have any fear of incarceration they way things are here in the east.
  • by Willie T Location: Greenville,NC on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    This is great. You can't make this stuff up. He will surely make the list of the dumbest criminal this year. Ya think he will make bail. Hmmm!!
  • by Pete Location: Grifton on Mar 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM
    Don't laugh NY Yankee George Foreman named all seven of his boy's George. LOL LOL LOL hope none of these thug's reproduce.
    • reply
      by Anon on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:53 PM in reply to Pete
      george foreman was a pugilist, not a baseball player.
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      by IJS on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:10 PM in reply to Pete
      Get your facts before you start talking about people. And whats wrong with him naming all his sons the name George at least he will have a legacy. What have you got? Hopefully not another Pete.
  • by gypsy's gmama Location: enc on Mar 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    The system needs to start making examples out of these fools! And start with the dumbest ones first. WE seem to have more than our share here in Eastern NC. I wonder if the other 2 idiots knew he was being tracked?
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