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Winterville Police search for suspect in Family Dollar armed robbery

Published On: Apr 28 2013 09:35:22 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2013 05:51:36 PM CDT

Winterville Police said they are looking for a gunman who robbed a Family Dollar store Sunday night.

The robber, armed with a handgun, entered the store on the 600 block of Worthington Road and demanded money, according to investigators. It happened at about 8:43 p.m.

The suspect is described as being about 5'4" with a slender build. He was wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie, sunglasses and a blue and white bandana, police said. The robber left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Two other Pitt County Family Dollar stores have been held up since February: one at 625 S. Memorial Drive on March 24; the other at 2530 S. Memorial Drive on Feb. 20. Greenville Police have not made arrests in those cases.

In total, there have been 21 reported armed robberies inside the Greenville City limits since January 1, 2013. Family Dollar stores have been robbed now five times, including the Winterville store robbery. A Dollar General store was also robbed, according to police.

NewsChannel 12 asked Family Dollar headquarters if it had plans to ramp up security, in light of all the robberies.

Bryn Winburn, the Family Dollar public relations manager, released the following statement:

"Please know the safety of our Team Members and customers is our main priority.

Family Dollar has operated stores in the Greenville area for many years and we strive to create a safe working and shopping environment by tailoring our store operations and security for each store. While I am unable to go into the specifics regarding our safety measures and protocols, please know we emphasize the importance of personal safety in our continuous training programs.

We know that incidents like these can be difficult for our Team Members, so we have made counselors available for our Team Members should they feel they need to talk to someone."