Deputy chief: Robberies were 'obviously planned'

Deputy chief: Robberies were 'obviously planned'
Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham said a recent crime spree was well planned. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It wasn't random.

That's all that Wilmington Police is saying about a crime spree that involved four men robbing four people at gunpoint on Sunday.

"They obviously planned because they went to the areas they went to and took the actions that they did," said Mitch Cunningham, Wilmington's Deputy Chief of Police. " … This type of robbery is pretty rare – we just don't see a lot of it.

"These types of robberies are very unusual," he added, "that alone will help us pursue likely suspects."

Cunningham, citing a typical police policy regarding an ongoing investigation, wouldn't say much else regarding the incident other than the basics that were divulged on Sunday.

Police are still seeking four men in their early 20s who were wearing red and white shirts and driving a gray Ford Fusion with out-of-state plates. WPD says the incidents took place within a four-hour window, beginning with a robbery at 12:40 p.m.

According to WPD, the robberies took place at a mobile home park off Castle Hayne Rd., at the 2000 block of Barnett Avenue, 700 block of Chestnut Street and at the intersection of Sumter Drive and Penn Street.

"We've got some leads that we're pursuing … and we'll hope for the best on that," Cunningham said. "We've got a great investigative team and we'll make progress, without question."

WPD has labeled the robberies as crimes of opportunity and urges the public to be vigilant. If you have any information on any of the incidents, you are asked to contact WPD immediately at 910-343-3609 or use Text A Tip.

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