Investigators advise residents to "stay alert" - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Investigators advise residents to "stay alert"

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Recent armed robberies have no obvious connect to the ongoing gang violence in the City of Wilmington, according to investigators.

Some of the robberies reportedly involved suspects with red or blue bandanas, but Lieutenant Tom Witkowski said it would be a stretch to use that as a direct connection to gang involvement.

"Some people would make that association pretty quickly, but I wouldn't want to jump to conclusions immediately," Witkowski said. "They're probably the two most popular colors sold of bandanas."

The armed robberies are happening early in the morning when most bars and restaurants are closing for the night. Armed suspects forced Domino's employees into the freezer Tuesday morning. Before that, armed suspects robbed workers as they left IHOP on Market Street on Sunday.

Witkowski said quitting time is not the time to rush out of work. He recommends leaving in groups and remaining alert. Officers cannot drive through every parking lot, but Witkowski said they'll respond to reports of suspicious activity.

"On an individual basis, we would be able to check on a business if they felt there was something going on," he said.

At the time of this report, no arrests have been made in the recent armed robberies.

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