The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Police in Greensboro need the public’s assistance in identifying the masked suspect in an armed robbery on West Market Street. According to police, a man wearing a “V for Vendetta” mask entered the Great Stops convenience store at 5412 West Market St. about 4:40 a.m. Monday. The masked robber displayed a handgun and robbed the business of an undisclosed sum of money. The man was described as wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. After leaving the Great Stops the man fled on foot headed east. A second robbery attempt took place in the 5800 block of West Market Street on Tuesday. The clerk there reported that two masked men entered the Crossroads Exxon about 1:44 a.m. One of the men demanded money, but police said that both suspects fled before obtaining any cash.


Authorities south of the Triad charged a 25-year-old man with attempting to possess drugs while locked up in the Davidson County Jail.

Deputies in Lexington said that Christopher Matthews of Trantham Drive in Lexington attempted to receive a Suboxone strip in the mail while an inmate. Suboxone is used to treat opiod dependence.

Authorities found the strip in an envelope addressed to Matthews. For his trouble Matthews was charged with attempted possession of a controlled substance on jail/prison grounds. A 29-year-old woman with the same address as Matthews was charged as an accessory to the crime.


A jury in Forsyth County convicted a former policeman of robbery and kidnapping this week. The crime took place last August when a man claimed that Robert Lee Baker, 40, who served as a Winston-Salem police officer for six years, entered his apartment and demanded money at gunpoint.

The man gave Baker $70 and a jar of change. Baker ordered the victim into a bathroom and threatened to kill the man if he refused, according to court testimony. Baker was sentenced to four to six years in prison for the crime. !