BUSTED: Best of the Blotter

by Amy Kingsley

The orchid thief

Employees of Botanica Flowers & Gardens in Greensboro were closing up on May 16 when two armed men entered the unlocked rear door demanding money. Both men covered their faces and wore black clothing, and employees described both as black men, one of them topping out at around 5 foot 5 inches. The suspects headed southwest from the New Garden Road business after the robbery.

Drive-by snatching

Dorothy Sorensen, 72, a resident of Independence Village in Winston-Salem, suffered cuts and contusions to the left side of her body on May 13 after a female passenger in a dark vehicle reached out, seized her purse and sped off – sending the senior to the ground. The victim spied a black male behind the wheel, according to the incident report. Police arrested Ebony Katryce Mobley, 25, and George William Ervin III, 27, for the attack on Sorensen and an attempted robbery on Peters Creek Parkway.

Bad company

Eric Premo, 30, of Forsyth County called police on May 14 after he was robbed by a man prowling the neighborhood where he usually buys crack cocaine. The suspect produced a handgun, demanded Premo’s money and shot him. Premo and a friend drove to a nearby Food Lion where they called police. The victim was transported to Forsyth Medical Center with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his shoulder. He described his attacker as a black man, about 5 feet 11 inches and 160 pounds, wearing dark clothes.

Occupational hazards

Two separate Greensboro delivery drivers endured a hardship of their trade on May 15 when armed robbers absconded with their cash, and in the first case, cell phone. The first robbery of a female delivery driver happened at almost 2 a.m. at 421 S. Booker St. In that case, the victim described her attacker as a black male in his mid-twenties with a slim build and dark complexion. The second robbery happened at a little after 8:30 p.m. on North O’Henry Boulevard. A male delivery driver from China Express said he was approached by a black male in his mid-twenties wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, black shoes and armed with a handgun. Neither driver was injured.

A bad night out

Greensboro police officers responding to an unrelated call happened upon a fight at Club Rumba on May 17 that left one man bleeding from a stab wound and another in custody. Jose Nicanor Jimenez, 28, was taken to Guilford County Jail. The victim, a 22-year-old Hispanic male, was transported from to Moses Cone Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Giving thanks

Six-year veteran Rob Mayo was selected Greensboro Police Department’s Officer of the Year, an award given during the agency’s annual Police and Citizen Appreciation Dinner on May 15. Mayo was recognized for his quick thinking that led to arrests in armed robbery and murder cases. This isn’t the first award for Mayo, who has been recognized by the American Legion and his peers in the southern division patrol office.