Lawmen Work With Pitt Co. Fast Food Restaurants To Stop Robberies

By: April Davis/ Chris Jones
By: April Davis/ Chris Jones

A recent spike in armed robberies in one county has lawmen teaming up with fast food restaurants to try to stop the crimes. Wednesday night, a Bojangles in Greenville became the fourth Pitt County fast food restaurant robbed in just six days.

Police say they're making progress. They made arrests in the Food Lion robbery this weekend, but robbers continue to target these fast food restaurants.

It was dangerous night for seven employees and a customer inside the Bojangles on South Memorial Drive in Greenville as the chain became the latest target of armed robbers Wednesday night. Thursday it was business as usual.

"It's getting terrible, small businesses, they can't make it. These hoodlums coming in and stealing and threatening them." said Westhaven subdivision resident Mary George.

Mary George lives in the Westhaven neighborhood behind the restaurant. The robbers were last seen driving down her road. That's a scary thought for George, but she says she feels worse for those inside the restaurant.

"I do feel sorry for the workers who are constantly under pressure and worried about whether they're going to get home that night from work." said George

Those fears are growing as the number of these fast food robberies grows. The Bojangles off Highway 264 in Farmville, hit Monday. The KFC/Long John Silvers on Greenville Blvd. Friday and the Popeye's on Memorial Drive last Thursday. Police investigators are comparing each case for similarities.

"Without giving up too much of the investigative facts that they've gathered. There are some things that are related in some of the cases." said Greenville Police Sergeant Carlton Williams.

He says lawmen are reaching out to the restaurants to prevent these crimes, and catch those responsible - welcome news for George and her neighbors.

"I don't know what we're going to do, but certainly I wish they would clamp down on them." said George

The police department and Pitt County Sheriff's Office offer a robbery prevention and awareness course to businesses.Sgt. Williams says they're tailored to the business and include a mock robbery.
Sgt. Williams says one of the tips they share with employees is to comply with the robbers and don't be a hero. He says that's why none of the recent armed robberies have ended with violence.

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  • by Sunshine Location: ENC on Jan 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
    I think we all understand the true problem here. It's not that Law Enforcement is not doing their job, it's the Laws/Penalties currently in place. We need more harsh penalties...something that will really deter individuals from committing such acts. Until this is done, we will continue to see such crime and a rise in such activities. The problem in Greenville are the gangs/gang related activities. These individuals will continue to commit such crimes to support their drug habits,spending money for wanted items, etc. Our current laws/penalties are not enough of a deterrant for them not to. We need to get their attention!! We need strong leaders out in the community educating these individuals on a better life. These young indivuals need to be taught how to break the cycle. Teach them they don't need to join a gang to feel a sense of belonging/status. Teach them to better themselves, get an education in order to have a career/family and goals in life.
  • by George Location: Greenville, NC on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM
    I think the GPD needs to park patrol cars outside of the fast food restaurants and hope that it deters the robbers from stealing, just like it does at the convenience stores. I think everyone already knows that they do this and it is one of the dumbest things they have ever done. Do you think it stops crime? No, look at the gas stations on Arlington and Evans. Cars sit there all the time. They have been robbed with police cars sitting in the lot.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    I personally do not want to risk having a loved one killed by a stray bullet during a Bojangles boogie-man / gun-toting yahoo gunfight. Note to LEO's and franchise owners -I'll stay home and fry my own chicked before I risk this.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    Sounds like to me you all want to see a shoot out between a robber and a clerk making minimum wage, how idiotic.
  • by gangsta Location: ghetto greenville on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    Taser them suckas!
  • by SickandTired Location: greenville on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    GPD/PCSD should drop a deputy off at 4-5 resteraunts a day and have them sit in the back with a shotgun. You go in to rob and get an XL zip-loc to leave in.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    Wow, great point. I know some stored up north...I have seen "armed owner" at the store front door. I think it should say "I am armed and not afraid to go back to prison".
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 07:50 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      The Castle Doctrine protects business owners/employees as well.
  • by Local on Jan 13, 2012 at 06:18 AM
    This is to the media... Could u use law enforcement or police officers instead of lawmen...
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to Local
  • by Hangem High Location: Wanchese on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:57 AM
    We don have these problems down east for a reason!
  • by nightrain on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    Even if they're caught,they'll be out on bond within a few hours of arrest. They'll probably get probation anyway. Heck, they're probably on probation already.

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