Wake Forest police to increase patrols after recent armed robberies

Wake County News

Every day, Austin Evon goes to work at Xpert Computer and Repair, but Wednesday turned out a little different.

“Pretty crazy. That could’ve been me,” Evon said.

Little did he know that around 6:20 p.m., just next door, an employee was getting robbed.

“I just got a knife pulled out on me and robbed at my location. I work at Triangle Dry Cleaners,” the 911 caller told a dispatcher. 

Police said the thief got away with cash.

“I don’t know how much we had in the drawer, he just took everything. He stepped really close to me and he had a knife and I didn’t know what to do,” the caller said.

It didn’t take long to track the suspect down.

Investigators confirm Antonio Diggs worked in the same shopping center. 

He is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Police said the 18-year-old does not match the description of the man that robbed this McDonald’s Sunday morning.

A handgun was involved in the McDonald’s robbery, which was reported around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

A McDonald’s employee said a male wearing all black showed a handgun and forced her into the store as she was opening the door. The suspect then forced the McDonald’s worker to open the safe and withdraw money, a news release said.

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“It’s very disappointing and disheartening,” Bill Crabtree, with the Town of Wake Forest, said.
From July to December of 2017 there were no armed robberies in town.

Since February of this year until now, there have been four, two of them happening this week.

“Wake Forest is experiencing a lot of growth, and so, unfortunately, with growth you see these incidents happen more often. That’s why it’s important for us all to be vigilant,” Crabtree told CBS 17.

Evon said while they have surveillance cameras installed at Xpert Computer and Repair, it may not be enough.

“Do we want to start having weapons in the shop? Do we want to take precautions with where the money is,” he said.

Crabtree said police plan to step up patrols in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police tip line at 919-435-9610

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