Zebulon beauty store robbed at gunpoint

amoody@newsobserver.comSeptember 16, 2013 

— Police on Friday were searching for a man suspected of committing an armed robbery Sept. 5 at Sally Beauty Supply on East Gannon Avenue.

Zebulon police responded to the call about 7:30 p.m. and were advised by store employees a man entered the store and posed as a shopper before producing a small black handgun and demanding money from a clerk.

No shots were fired and no on was injured in the incident. The suspect made off with less than $500 and exited through the front door, according to police Chief Tim Hayworth.

Aside from the suspect, Hayworth said there were four people in the store at the time of the robbery – two customers and two employees.

“There were two people that came in the store at the same time the suspect was in there, but the guy was pretty quiet about it and they didn’t really know what was going on,” Hayworth said.

The suspect is said to be a heavy-set black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was wearing khaki shorts, a black shirt, a dark baseball cap and sunglasses at the time of the robbery. Store employees could not provide an estimate of the suspect’s age, height or weight, according to police.

Hayworth on Friday said detectives were working an angle on the case, but cited the open investigation in declining to release specific details. He said this type of crime requires “good old-fashioned, nose-to-the-ground police work.”

“We put out a (be-on-the-lookout) of anyone who’s seen anything, talked to customers and the employees,” Hayworth said. “You try to match suspect descriptions with other crimes within a 25-mile radius. If so, do they have any evidence, any witnesses.

“We try to get it out on Crimestoppers and in the news so that someone might see a description and say, ‘Hey, I might know someone who fits that.’”

Anyone with information on the armed robbery is asked to call the Zebulon Police Department at 919-823-1818 or Eastern Wake Crimestoppers at 919-366-2746.

Moody: 919-829-4806

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