Man sought in robberies believed to be linked

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This image from surveillance video shows a suspect wanted in an armed robbery of the Dollar General Store on West Thomas Street and a theft at PNC Bank on West Raleigh Boulevard.

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Staff Writer

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Rocky Mount police are seeking help in identifying a suspect or suspects in both a recent theft and an armed robbery that occurred on Tuesday.

About 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, an armed man entered the Dollar General on the 400 block of West Thomas Street, displayed a knife and demanded that the store clerk hand over cash. The suspect, a black man in his 30s about 5-foot, 8-inches talk, weighing about 215 to 230 pounds, fled the scene. He may have entered a grey Nissan sedan parked by a nearby Auto Zone, said Cpl. Brad Summerlin of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Later that day at about 5 p.m.,  a 77-year-old man was robbed outside of the PNC Bank on the 1300 block of West Raleigh Boulevard. A suspect matching a similar description to the Dollar General robbery snatched an envelope of cash from elderly victim who had just gotten the cash from the bank, stealing over $2,000 in cash.

Because of the similar descriptions and time frame, police feel that the two incidents may be connected. Rocky Mount police are hoping that area residents will be able to identify one or both of the suspects in surveillance photos from both scenes. 

Anyone with information about either crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Text a tip to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and type up to 155 characters about the information.