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Suspects sought in rash of sweepstakes parlor robberies in Raleigh, Garner

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RALEIGH (WTVD) — Raleigh police are working with investigators in Garner to catch multiple suspects in a string of armed robberies, the first one reported exactly one month ago Wednesday.

“It makes you wonder if you’re safe,” said Quincy Million, a barber at a salon in Garner off Forest Hills Drive.

His business is in a shopping strip – just a few doors down from AIA Sweepstakes – which is one of many sweepstakes parlors robbed within a month.

The latest robbery happened in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon in broad daylight.

“I just got robbed,” said a man in a 911 call that came in around 2:15 p.m. from an employee at the Good Luck Sweepstakes off Capital Boulevard. “He said ‘Don’t say nothing, I’ll put a gun to your head and pull the trigger. Give me the money now.'”

That frightening exchange has been repeating itself at six locations in Raleigh and one in Garner since Dec. 21. All of the robberies happened at sweepstakes parlors and one bingo spot in locations usually tucked away in shopping strips, set back from major roadways, and usually open at all hours of the night.

Here is the list and dates of the robberies that happened in Raleigh:

On Dec. 21, two male suspects robbed the Treasure Sweepstakes at 3689 New Bern Ave.

At least one of them was armed with a handgun. The call time was 9:55 p.m.

On Dec. 23, two male suspects robbed the Paradise Bingo at 2620 S. Saunders St. At least one of them was armed with a handgun.

The call time was 9:20 p.m.

On Dec. 30, two male suspects attempted to enter the Capital Sweepstakes at 3031 Capital Blvd. but fled before completing a robbery after discovering the door was locked.

The call time was 1:28 a.m.

On Dec. 31, three male suspects robbed the Magic Gold Sweepstakes at 4020 Capital Blvd.

At least one of them was armed with a handgun. The call time was 12:15 a.m.

On Jan. 15, two male suspects robbed the AIB Sweepstakes at 2416 Crabtree Blvd. At least one of them was armed with a handgun. The call time was 11:10 p.m.

On Jan 20, a single male suspect robbed the Good Luck Sweepstakes at 3308 Capital Blvd. He was armed at a handgun. The call time was 2:13 p.m.

Raleigh Police Department detectives believe that at least some of the incidents are related, and they are working with other area jurisdictions to determine if any of the suspects may have been involved in incidents elsewhere.

That elsewhere could be the robbery that happened in Garner, near Million’s salon. Surveillance photos released from Garner Police show three suspects, one of them clearly pointing a gun.

“It’s frustrating because you come here to work to supply for your family. You don’t want to have to worry about that,” said Million.

Anyone who believes they recognize the man or knows anything about the crime is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve crimes.

Raleigh police are working with police in Garner to catch multiple suspects in a string of armed robberies, the first one reported exactly one month ago Wednesday.

Fruit stand on Capital blvd, Raleigh?

Does any one know of the fruit stand that I mean? It was in the end of the building, there is a flea market there on weekends. There are two thrift shops near by. It is next to the Bobby Murray auto sales lot.

The reason I am asking is that they are no longer there ! You used to be able to get fruit very in expensively there. Does any one know where they may have moved to.

miss my pineapples.

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tamelask

i don’t live in n raleigh so i don’t know, but they may have just stopped for the winter. you can go to the bulk end (where it says drive in welcome) of the state farmers market and their stuff is cheap (but some has to be bought in bulk). also, i have found chinese and mexican stands are often dirt cheap for produce. me, i’m hankering for some good mangoes. good luck!

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mad_about_mickey

They used to be open year round. It was run by hispanics. There is now a tire place in there ! This place was really cheaper than the farmers market.

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nancyofnc

Try your local farmer’s markets beginning in March, usually on Saturday mornings: Wake Forest, Cary, Durham, etc. Definitely fresh and locally grown. Corner fruit stands mostly truck their stuff in from anywhere just like grocery stores with the same prices. But, farmers are the vendors at these City farmer’s markets so you are talking to the grower who may only live a 1/2 mile from you. At the Raleigh State Farmers markets the stuff could be from anywhere in NC. The bulk stuff can be from anywhere in the world. I don’t believe they grow pineapple, bananas, and mangoes in NC.

But, green beans, garlic, tomatoes, radish, carrots, lettuce, blueberries, strawberries, horseradish, corn, herbs, squash, sweet potatoes, melons, okra, eggs, etc., etc. are at these city markets in season, picked the day before. Some things are cheaper than the grocery store (especially fresh herbs), some you wouldn’t find at the grocery store (fresh figs or edible flowers are examples), and some may be slightly higher but better tasting or even less costly (especially truly vine ripened tomatoes), and most are grown with organic methods because the vendors don’t have 40,000 acres, mostly just one or less, so they don’t have to include -cides in volume and wax sprays for shipping, or labor costs.

Does any one know of the fruit stand that I mean? It was in the end of the building, there is a flea market there on weekends. There are two thrift shops near by. It is next to the Bobby Murray auto sales lot. The reason I am asking is that they are no longer there ! You used to be able to get frui…