As Brian Glass restocked the shelves at Kangaroo Express one Sunday night, a man entered and nervously walked around the store. Once Glass reached the register, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded money.
“He mumbled something as he walked out the door that you probably can’t print in your newspaper,” said Glass, whose store, near the intersection of South Estes Drive and Fordham Boulevard, was robbed just before midnight Sept. 5.
How to avoid and handle armed robberies, from Capt. Leo Vereen.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid dark areas and travel in groups.
- Don’t drink. Alcohol lowers your guard and inebriation may make you a target.
- Call 911 to report suspicious activity. Be able to describe what makes the person or his behavior suspicious.
- If robbed, cooperate until you can get away safely. Then call 911.
The armed robbery was one of two reported by Chapel Hill police last week, incidents police spokesperson Capt. Leo Vereen called unusual.
“It does not appear that this is an upward trend, but it is a spike,” Vereen said. “Bad guys pick and choose when they do things.”
He said police do not think the two robberies are connected.
“They appear to be different suspects because of the manner in which they were committed,” Vereen said.
The second robbery occurred around 8:23 p.m. Sept. 8 at Exchange Pool on Umstead Drive, Chapel Hill police reports state. An unidentified man assaulted and stole the victim’s wallet.
Vereen said the incident was odd in that it was not yet completely dark when the robbery took place. He withheld further details in an attempt to protect the victim, prevent copycat crimes and not hinder the investigation.
While physically uninjured, Glass said he is still nervous after facing a firearm.
“I’m not afraid to work here. I’m just more cautious,” he said.
“It’s all good. It’s over and done with and I’m not hurt, and that’s what counts.”
Glass said police responded to the store robbery with a K-9 unit that led them into a neighborhood across North Fordham Boulevard.
Ramsey Green said police searched him after he approached them to ask what had happened. He was not arrested.
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