Wilmington police arrested a man they say could be responsible for a string of armed robberies at stores around the city. Forty-year-old Carson Tate Junior is behind bars at the New Hanover County jail, being held under a $1,000,000 bond. He is charged with 4 armed robberies stemming from a string of hold ups at stores around Wilmington this week. Monday, police say Tate "hit up" the Crown Fast Fare off College Road. Mike, the store clerk on duty that night told police the suspect pointed a handgun at him and demanded cash. Mike gave him the money, and he took off. On Wednesday, the Rite-Aid off Carolina Beach Road was robbed. Police say Tate did the same thing there -- revealing a handgun to get the clerk to empty the register. The very next day, police say Tate robbed the Scotchman on Eastwood Road, once again using his handgun to get the cash. Friday morning, another robbery occurred at the Handee Hugo off Oleander Drive. Once again, police say Tate used a gun to get cash. Investigators say surveillance cameras and the public helped them find Tate. Wilmington police captain Marshall Williamson said, "Without the cooperation of the media and citizens we would still be investigating these cases." Police say they finally found Tate at the Red Roof inn off Market Street, shortly after his fourth robbery. Tate is in the New Hanover County jail, under a $1,000,000 bond facing four counts of armed robbery. His first court appearance is Monday. Police say there could be more charges against Tate if they connect him to other robberies earlier this summer.
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