Wilmington Robbery Round-up

WILMINGTON -- The Police Department released information on several robberies in recent weeks, some committed by repeat offenders.

Corey Newins, 19, was put in jail after he went on a robbing spree last week. Police charged Newins with six counts of felony armed robbery. One of the houses Newins robbed was just down the road from his house on Wrightsville Avenue, according to a police report.

Newins is in the New Hanover County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

Kevin Bradshaw, 22, was arrested merely a half hour after he allegedly robbed the Hardee's restaurant near the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Shipyard Boulevard, but police would not say how they tracked him down.

Some of the teenagers seen with Bradshaw at the time of the arrest could also face charges.

Christopher Miller, 20, was arrested after a robbery over the weekend. Police say he was with Martinez Vaughn, 18, and Kenneth Robertson, 18, when they attempted to rob a man at gunpoint on Saturday afternoon.

The victim called 911 after the men took off without any money. When police arrived, the men drove away leading police on an intense chase that involved nine cars. When police finally stopped the vehicle, they found handguns inside the car.

Miller had been arrested in the past for drug violations.

Demetrius Meares, 33, was arrested for robbing the First Citizens Bank on 17th Street twice, first with a gun on October 6, then with a knife on October 18.

Officers arrested Meares at around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, after he got off a city bus on 2nd Street. He is charged with kidnapping for the second robbery as well, because he told a teller that he was going to kill her and forced her to another location in the bank.

Meares is in jail under a $1 million bond.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer