NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A slew of robberies has store owners on high alert in New Hanover County. Since Nov. 18, seven stores have been held up at gunpoint in the county.
According to Lt. Jerry Brewer, spokesperson for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, investigators believe two different sets of armed robberies could be connected.
The first possible connection comes from a store hit twice in eight days. On both occasions, the suspects forced two clerks into the bathroom then stole cash and cigarettes.
Brewer also said the armed robberies at the Han-Dee-Hugo's on North College Road and the Family Dollar on Castle Hayne Road may be connected because of their close proximity to each other.
Investigators have looked into the following armed robberies since Nov. 18:
- December 6th - Han-Dee-Hugo's on Kerr Avenue. A suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money.
- December 5th - Adult Novelties on Market Street. (Wilmington Police Dept. investigating) A suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money.
- December 2nd - Circle K on Castle Hayne Road. A suspect demanded money but it is unclear what was stolen.
- December 1st - Family Dollar on Castle Hayne Road. The suspects demanded money and forced clerks to open the safe.
- December 1st - Han-Dee-Hugo's on N. College Road. One suspect was arrested and the search continues for second suspect.
- November 26th - Speedway station on Gordon Road. The suspects locked the clerks in the bathroom then stole cash and cigarettes.
- November 18th - Speedway station on Gordon Road. The suspects forced two clerks into the bathroom and then stole cash and cigarettes.
WECT's Marissa Hundley will have the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office response to this string of armed robberies in this evening's newscasts.