Rocky Mount Mall Shopper Robbed In Parking Lot

By: Dave Jordan/Hilary Magacs
By: Dave Jordan/Hilary Magacs

Police are looking for two gunmen who robbed a man in the parking lot of a mall just after dark around 6:00 o'clock on Monday.

Luckily, police say the victim at the Golden East Crossing Mall in Rocky Mount wasn't hurt. But shoppers say the incident is a scary reminder to be extra careful while shopping during the holidays.

Police say there's a few things you can do to help keep yourself safe, including exiting stores in pairs, parking in well-lit areas, and having a security officer walk you to your car if you feel unsafe. Officers say it's also important for people to remain alert at all times.

Officers say it's also a good idea to store your merchandise in the trunk or cover it up if you're planning to go back inside a store.

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  • by about RMT on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    The Chamber of Commerce ought to offer out of town guests an opportunity to by additional insurance in that Crime on the Rise town
  • by USMC (ret) on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    WITN, please delete my well-meaning suggestions. Obviously, this is the wrong forum for them.
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      by No, really on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:45 AM in reply to USMC (ret)
      Please delete them. I thought that reminders of personal safety, especially at this time of year would be welcome, but apparently there are SOME who wouldn't like people to remember them. Just use good judgement, folks. As a mom who spends a LOT of time driving, shopping, getting kids in and out of cars, and just basically LIVING, a little common sense goes a long way. Merry Christmas, folks. Pair-A-Noid...I hope that we aren't reading about YOU getting robbed one of these days.
  • by USMC (Ret) on Dec 1, 2011 at 01:46 AM
    And on a side note: If I see one more person leave their kids in the cart while they unload their loot into the car (it only takes a second with your back turned), I might just lose my mind. Saw one yesterday whose cart (with kid) was rolling across the parking lot while she was worried about where to hide her purchases. PLEASE put your kids in the car first...buckled up. Doors closed. It's mail-order for me this year. That is all. :) Merry Christmas, everyone.
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      by Pair-A-Noid on Dec 1, 2011 at 03:03 AM in reply to USMC (Ret)
      Look out behind you! Who's that? Watch out! Be careful! Is it really worth the risk to go out into public? Just stay inside, lock the doors...hide in the corner.
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        by USMC (Ret) on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:22 AM in reply to Pair-A-Noid
        Really? Get out much? Your snide comments are completely uncalled for. It's called basic don't know who's doing what, and vigilance is APPROPRIATE. I didn't say lock yourself in a closet...but do us a favor, and take your own advice?
  • by USMC (Ret) on Dec 1, 2011 at 01:42 AM
    My kids call me paranoid, but I've taught them FOREVER to be vigilant. Watch for shoppers...if you see the same one twice in a crowded mall, be on the defensive. Don't flash cash. Hide expensive gifts (or better yet, buy them, take them home, then come back). Never leave the place alone. Have your car keys out and ready BEFORE you leave the front door of the store. Nothing like digging through a purse or a pocket for a set of keys when you think that someone might be following you. Hide valuables. Car alarms. Don't be ashamed to hit the panic button on your keychain. And for the love of Pete...if it comes down to your safety or leaving a cart full of gifts in the parking lot while you're locking yourself in your car....lock yourself in. And, yes...a CCW doesn't hurt. :) Or pepper spray. Just make sure you're trained in it's use (and for the love of God, leave it in your pocket while you're fighting over an XBox!) It's a sad world when people are robbing others for Christmas gifts. 'Tis the season, isn't it?
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      by WORRIED on Dec 1, 2011 at 03:33 AM in reply to USMC (Ret)
      PEPPER spray is like bringing a knife to a gun fight,for us that cant have a weapon,even though we havnt been in trouble for 25 years!!!!!!!!
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        by Felony Much? on Dec 1, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to WORRIED
        I guess you weren't thinking about that 25 years ago.
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        by USMC (Ret) on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:48 AM in reply to WORRIED
        Right, CCW isn't an option for some people. But a little protection is better than none. I've been pepper sprayed for'll stop most people in their tracks, allowing you (the victim) to get the heck out of there. And if you don't like pepper spray...there are other options out there.
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      by not a clue on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:39 AM in reply to USMC (Ret)
      what is a CCW
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        by USMC (Ret) on Dec 1, 2011 at 11:46 PM in reply to not a clue
        Concealed Weapon. You take the class (which includes firing the weapon in a controlled environment), take the certificate to the Sheriff's office, get printed, get a background check, and if there are no issues with your past (or present), then you can carry a concealed weapon. The class is very specific about where you can carry, where you cannot, and when/how to use the weapon to your best advantage (besides the obvious). You HAVE to make sure that you inform any LEO that you're a CCW holder if you're stopped, regardless if you're carrying or not. Police don't like surprises that way.
  • by Soft Target on Nov 30, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    Another soft target. Get a Glock ;)
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    No description of the perpetrators? I think we can guess.
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      by I Can Guess on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:28 PM in reply to
      But that makes me biased. Being biased is wrong. Judging a piece of fruit by the way it looks is wrong, too...hummm? A damaged box of cake mix sells just as well as an undamaged box, right?
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        by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 at 09:55 PM in reply to I Can Guess
        LOL I get your point. But you have to agree, chances are we are both right in guessing what did this crime.

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