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WPD: Golden Corral robbed at gunpoint, employees forced into cooler

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Police are investigating after they say three men robbed a Wilmington Golden Corral at gunpoint late Monday night.

It happened just before 11 p.m. when a manager told police he was leaving the restaurant at 5130 New Center Drive with two other employees.

That's when they say three masked men with handguns forced the employees back inside. Police say the men were wearing bandannas over their faces, and all had on dark clothing.

The restaurant manager told police one of the robbers then forced him into the office and asked him to open the safe there. Police say the other two suspects put the other employees in the cooler.

Police say before they took off, the trio stole the manager's cell phone, and got away on foot. No word on how much cash they got away with.

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Rising Violent Crime

The biggest reason for rising crime in our area is that our police force is short staffed. It's a proven fact that a strong police presence and community policing programs deter crime, but Wilmington and New Hanover County simply do not have enough officers on staff to ensure a strong police presence, nor do they have the staff needed to host community events. Both of which are needed.

If the Mayor and County Commissioners are serious about reducing violent crime, the first thing they need to do is to hire more police officers-a lot of them!

Its the police force stupid

The WPD is horrible, to many officers work for WPD for a paycheck not for love of being an officer. The WPD does no community outreach, therefore they have no friends in the community, if they take a few hours to coach a few kids they would meet the mothers who are actually dating the guys who are doing the crimes. WPD needs to build positive relationships with the inner city and tear down the barriers,they can do a better job of making people feel comfortable contacting an officer...take some of the drug money you pick up off streets and fund some activities for the inner city youth(Greenfield Baseball fields have not been used in years, yet we pay to have it cut weekely).....throw a kids fall festival in Creekwood, or some of the other crime ridden areas, show up in the community for more then just to make an arrest or conduct and investigation....

Goes to show you how much of

Goes to show you how much of a clue you really have. WPD does reach out to the community. They have the Police Athletic League which is a basketball league, among other things, set up for inner city youth. They work with at risk youths. It costs these kids and their parents nothing. The Sheriff's Office also has some sort of program called Elements where they work with at risk youths and those they believe are possibly going towards the gang route.

i agree 1000% on your

i agree 1000% on your statement. the police, even though i am one [old school] need to stay off their cell phones, quit getting in trouble, being corrupt and get to work. i was community police before they ever come out with it. you got out of your cars and talked with people, then they trusted you when you needed them or they needed you!

Cell phones?

Deputy, you need to catch up with the times, I have been in law enforcement in this area for over 16 years. At least 6 to 7 false burglary calls a night, endless noise complaints which turn up to nothing, careless and reckless drivers, drunk drivers, domestic disputes, check welfares, shoplifters, traffic accidents, robberies, and disputes. So tell me deputy, when am I supposed to get off my cell phone I always seem to talk on and get out with the public to talk? Answer me that oh great one. You have been off the road for awhile.

You claim to be a

You claim to be a deputy....so do you get out of your vehicle and walk around and talk to those in your sector? It's easy to say officers need to get out and walk around but is it really that easy to do. These guys will answer 35 calls in a 12 hour shift. It's not like they are just driving around doing nothing.

I don't know about the police force, but you're doing one heck..

...of a good job showing us where your IQ falls! This article is about an armed robbery of a restaraunt, not the plight of inner city chirrens and how the WPD deals with that. Geeeez.....

The only thing that is going to stop this is force

To stop this kind of crime, it must be met with swift force. Whether it be stopping the threat immediately or by other means of incapacitating these criminals something drastic must be done.

I have lived in Wilmington since 1999. I have not witnessed crime and violent crime albeit, anywhere near this level. We still have visitors who come and say "Crime in Wilmington, What?!? are you crazy?".

StarNews reported today that your chances are 1 in 177 of being the victim of violent crime. They reported the national average was something like in 1 in 252 and the state average wasn't far off that. So that tells me we are close to being 1x worse the average.

Enough is enough - whatever we are doing as a community is NOT working. Time to get tough on these criminals and put a stop to this. These crimes ARE related.

Crime Rate Going Down?

Crime May be going down, But that does not seem to be the trend
in the Port City! Crime is prevalent everywhere and contrary to
our leaders' beliefs, it is not going to go away!! We can be like
the Boy Scouts of old, that is Be Prepared!

ok all you bleeding heart

ok all you bleeding heart liberals, Hows that " NO GUNS ALLOWED" sign working on your door!!! the thugs dont obey or read rules at all!!

You Say

You say "bleeding heart liberals" like that is a bad thing.
Deputy dawg, I can remember when you could get by with a sixth grade education. Tell us how tough it is now,

lets see

97 pound girl with a gun, grown man overtakes me (guess who gets shot) i rather take my chances of hit and running like i was taught to do. I have a pocket knife that i tote but its used as just a cut and run.

Ummm

Shoot him before he overtakes you.

Bleeding

I don't think I would feel a lot safer if you were in there with a gun to protect me because you don't appear to be that smart.

you neither guest man!! but

you neither guest man!! but when i am in a restaurant, driving my truck down the streets, theater my gun is with me all the time. people like you will be the victims, i may but somebody will feel the burn of lead several times if they try to rob me or my family. but when someone is robbed, they always call someone with a gun. too late then.

Don't get too confident just

Don't get too confident just because you pack a gun....it's not always the suspect that feels the burn of lead of several times "first".

Didn't the Chief just announce...

that violent crime was down?

crime

Thw Wilmington crime index is a FIVE. That mean 95% of the cities in the US are safer and yet fools like Buffalo Wild Wings has a "no concealed hand guns" sign.

Here's a scenario to consider

Just for grins and giggles, suppose a guy goes to Buffalo Wild Wings with his concealed hand gun. While he's there, someone comes in a attempts to rob the place. Said guy pulls his hand gun, shoots the robber, and kills him.

Will said guy be charged with a crime for killing a robber?

Not in this state

No, he wouldn't in this state because if he can articulate he was using self defense to protect himself or the life of another.

But...that is just in this state. He would be doing us all a favor and this is the kind of action we need to start taking against these robberies.

unfortunately

In our liberal world the sad answer might be yes.

vision problems

Chief has some vision problems such as he can't see the bad apples in his command staff. So no big mystery he doesn't admit he can't get a grip on crime when he can't even control his department. But good job sitting by while good officers leave and let the lieutenant in hiring try to bring in unqualified officers as long as they are, in her eyes, the correct skin color.

use names...most people know who you are talking about but...

Most people know who you are talking about but give it some credibility by listing the names of the people who have been doing this for years. Even if you do so behind a screen name, give the names of the Lt.

We all know who she is by now...just want to hear someone else say it.

won't be posted

WWAY won't allow it to be posted if I use names. But like you say, everybody knows who is being named without directly naming them. I'm not worried about them coming after me, I have no affiliation with WPD.

Glad Robberies are down

I feel safer.

Crime Down

Yeah overall crime is going down. :|

Never mind all the robberies and shootings that's just hype from the press.

What I say to all citizens out there is be very aware of your surroundings and plan your movements to avoid being a victim. Listen to your gut.

The other day I sensed two people in cars were casing and stalking me for a robbery. I listened to my gut and got out of there to a safer location.

The brain is better than a gun in protecting you. I hear alot of people getting themselves into bad situations because they have this false since of security with a concealed weapon.

Some article earlier mentioned gang members are in a rush to get their
"props" by committing crimes before the end of the year so don't let your self become a victim.

Someone must really have a low self esteem when they are willing to victimize innocent people to get respect from other low life thugs.

That is the sign of a weak little boy or girl not a man or woman.

Not even the smallest intellect or drive to create some small business from nothing like many even uneducated do even people who speak English as a second language.

Keep it real hanging with yo gang worshipping the devil destroying your soul, mind and body while hurting and taking from others instead of helping and giving to others.

Do not want to diminish the

Do not want to diminish the value of being smart and using your brains but plz do not diminish the importance of having protection as a backup. I would like to hear of the situations where a concealed carry holder got themselves in a bad situation.