Police urge residents to take precautions following robbery
UPDATE: Warrants have been obtained against the following individuals in reference to the common law robbery that occurred yesterday at the Wake Forest Crossing Shopping Center, 12632 Capital Blvd.
292 Ellison Rd.
Robert Dylan West (driver of the vehicle)
828 High Street
Henderson was charged with common law robbery, conspiracy to commit common law robbery, and assault inflicting serious injury.
West was charged with common law robbery and conspiracy to commit common law robbery.
Both are currently being held at the Granville County Jail. A request for service has been submitted to the Granville County Sheriff’s Office to serve the outstanding warrants from Wake Forest Police.
The information below was distributed today at 10 am:
Following a Tuesday afternoon robbery in the parking lot of a local retail store, the Wake Forest Police Department is urging residents to take precautions to try and help reduce their chances of becoming a crime victim.
At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wake Forest Police officers responded to the TJ Maxx, located at 12632 Capital Blvd., in response to a robbery.
According to the victim, a 66-year-old female, the perpetrator struck her from behind and took her purse.
The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the victim, the suspect was a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, who fled the scene in a silver-colored sedan.
Anyone who believes they may have information concerning this incident is encouraged to call the Police Department at 919-554-6150. All calls are confidential.
In response to yesterday’s incident, police are encouraging residents to be vigilant and mindful of the following precautions:
Always be aware of your surroundings and the people who are around you. Opportunistic thieves have demonstrated a propensity to target pedestrians using handheld electronic devices. This is because our ability and preparedness to respond to potential danger is reduced when listening to music or looking down at our phones.
If you have a cell phone, carry it with you when walking or driving and be prepared to use it to call 911 for help. Be prepared to give your exact location to the emergency operator.
Don’t carry large amounts of cash. Never display the cash you carry.
Keep your purse closed and carry it securely under your arm. Never place your purse on a counter, leave it in your shopping cart or let your children carry it.
Avoid dark or secluded areas where you could become a crime victim. Park in well-lit areas as close as possible to an entrance.
Put your packages in the trunk. Do not place packages on the seat or in the floor of your vehicle in view of prying eyes.
Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.
If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.
Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.
If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.
If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police immediately. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.
Please note: These tips are recommended to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
The Wake Forest Police Department relies on the Town’s citizens to be its eyes and ears. Anyone witnessing or experiencing suspicious activity is urged to call the police department at 919-554-6150. You may remain anonymous.