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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.


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  • Betty May

    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?

  • Guest12

    “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.

  • Guest Reply Redux

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

  • Watchful Eye

    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.

  • patriot4

    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.

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