WPD spokeswoman refuses to let detective discuss string of restaurant robberies

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Submitted: Tue, 10/01/2013 - 7:51pm
Updated: Tue, 10/01/2013 - 9:27pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington Police spokeswoman refuses to let an investigator talk to WWAY about a recent string of robberies targeting fast food restaurants at the end of their night.

It happened again last night. Two armed men forced some employees at Domino’s Pizza on Carolina Beach Road to hand over their cash at the end of the evening.

Over the past few weeks it’s also happened at the Pizza Hut on Oleander, the IHOP at Market and College, the Burger King on 17th Street and the Pizza Hut in Leland.

Reports say the suspects sometimes wear blue bandanas. It’s a sign that they could be part of a Cryps gang. Last night police say the robbers were wearing red bandanas, which may be a sign you are a member of the Bloods gang.

We called Wilmington Police spokeswoman Linda Rawley this morning to ask if we could talk with someone investigating the robberies. She told us, “It’s probably not going to happen” because she said investigators were too busy. Later, she did give us the number of a detective working on the case. He called back and agreed to talk, but when our reporter went to WPD headquarters, Rawley refused to let us talk to him because she was upset about the original version of this story, which questioned her willingness to work with us to get information about the robberies.

Police have not said if the robberies are connected to a string of violence in Wilmington the last few months.

Late last week Chief Ralph Evangelous held a news conference to discuss the end of a 90-day cease fire in the city that failed to stop shootings around Wilmington. While the news conference was going on, a man shot at another man just a few blocks away from City Hall at the Exxon at 3rd and Dawson streets.

Over the weekend, four men were arrested for various shootings in the Creekwood community.


  • patriot4 says:

    Did it occur to you, WWAY that there are still open investigations in regards to these crimes? There is likely a very good reason that some information is not being disclosed at your request. You’re vilifying an agency (WPD) that has a lot on it’s plate right now. With the increase (exponentially) of gang activity and related crime (look at your own headlines!), these guys are just trying to keep up. I would think and hope that your energy would be directed at supporting our law enforcement. Or are you just unhappy that they did not accommodate your interview? You’re not seeing the big picture, I think… Get it together.

  • Watchful Eye says:

    I think the spokesperson is in her right to temporarily delay WWAY access to the detective. When WWAY cannot get the spokesperson’s quote correctly in the original version of this article, who knows what the reporter is going to quote the detective with.

    For those that would appreciate the history of this story around 3:09 pm Tuesday October 1, the webpage had Ms. Rawley quoted as saying to the reporter that the reporter being able to speak to a detective as “It’s not going to happen.” Which seems quite harsh, doesn’t it?

    Fast forward to 3:51 pm when Ms. Rawley denies the reporter access to the detective, the quote miraculously changes to “It’s probably not going to happen”…”because she said investigators were too busy (WWAY quote)” That definitely seems like a complete change in tone in the way Ms. Rawley is being presented and would make me upset if the reporter mis quoted me to make me look antagonistic.

    The question now in my mind, was whether that misquote was retaliation for being delayed access to the detective. An answer we probably will not learn from the reporter.

  • Betty May says:

    Um….. “Cryps” ….? Blue bandanas…. The last time I checked, gang-bangers aren’t out to rob fast food chains to clean their colors. This sounds like something out of a Donald Duck magazine. Is this reporter 90?

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    Must have run out of hot dogs and charcoal (bad mood).

  • Guest12 says:

    “Later, she did give us the number of a detective working on the case. He called back and agreed to talk, but when our reporter went to WPD headquarters, Rawley refused to let us talk to him”

    So you had the Detective’s phone number, he agreed to speak with you, and she “refused” to let you talk to him? How does that work? I am pretty sure the Public Affairs Officer doesn’t mandate how a Detective spends his/her time. There is a big hole in this story.

  • tired of your racist website says:

    I wouldn’t give you any informatiom either if you insult me in a news article. Your reporters act like they work for TMZ! All you guys do is insult the citizens of Wilmington. Im sure you will moderate this as you do all my comments, but Ms Rawley was correct in refusing access to the detective. Maybe you will be nicer next time. Ill go to WECT for the story, as they have reporters with compassion and morals.

  • Bill OBrien says:

    I noticed you referred to this as a “racist website”. I am just wondering what you are basing that allegation on? Linda Rawley’s skin color likely had not one thing to do with the reporting that took place in this instance. If anyone is racist in this case, it would be ignorant people that rely on tried and true racial thuggery to get their way when they don’t want to give a straight answer or if they want to divert from the truth.

  • Betty May says:

    Haha…yeah, and forbid them to wear bandanas, for crying out loud!!!

  • Common Sense says:

    Just pass an ordinance keeping these gang members from restaurants.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    84+ 1 hour. Daylight Savings time drops off.

  • guesty says:

    Only 84 more thug shopping days until Christmas. Isn’t that right ralphie?

  • guesty says:

    Linda Rawley is a waste of space and should have never been allowed back to WPD. But then again, with her attitude she fits right in with the corruption within that department.

  • tke1 says:

    Getting the first scoop is not the most important thing in life. Be patient and let WPD get credible information and you will have a better story.
    I know WWAY would like nothing better than to make a big stink about WPD giving out inaccurate information.

  • windy says:

    … that the “spokeswoman” would refuse to provide information that would keep the public informed and safe. Guess the duty to protect and serve does not apply to the “spokeswoman,” huh..

  • Morty Sussman says:

    Crime is so much lower than before the cops are too busy working cases to answer questions about it! The gun “buybacks” and rain dance meetings are working! It’s ok to hang out at the BK parking lot again after dark!

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