::Gas Station Hold Ups Plague Area
From Staff And Wire Reports
Thursday, March 29, 2007
RALEIGH - Police in Wake County have made two arrests in local gas station and convenience store hold-ups, but they are still searching for one suspect who held up a store with a knife.
One string of robberies was solved this week as the Garner Police Department, Raleigh Police Department, and Wake County
Sheriff's Office worked together to make arrests in the cases.
According to Wake County, the robberies took place on March 26 and included three different stores.
At 12:15am, the Garner BP Family Fare Store at 1535 Hwy 70 West in Garner was robbed. At 1:37am, the Circle K Convenience
Store at 5009 Fayetteville Road in Raleigh was also hit. And at 6:45 am, the BP Gas Station at 3310 Olympia Drive in Raleigh was also held up. No one was injured during any of the robberies.
This week, as a result of tht joint investigation into the robberies, police say that Matthew Tyler Lee, age 17, of Fern Forest Drive in Raleigh and Jamie Truette Smith, age 18, of N. Spring Garden Circle in Raleigh were arrested.
Both Lee and Smith were charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and was being held on a $1,000,000 secured bond in the Wake County Jail.
Hold Up Still Unsolved
The Raleigh Police Department says they're trying to identify and arrest a suspect in a gas station hold-up who used a knife. The suspect is pictured in a composite sketch at right.
Shortly before noon, March 16th, the suspect entered an Exxon convenience store located at 6712 Glenwood Ave. A short time later, he pulled out a knife and robbed the store.
Police say that the suspect is described as standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed about 140 pounds. He was believed to be in his mid-20's in age and was said by witnesses to speak with a soft voice.
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at (919) 890-3555. ::