by Keith Barber

BUSTED THE BEST AND WORST OF TRIAD AREA BLOTTERS Blue light special Greensboro police responded to a robbery call at the K-Mart located at 1302 Bridford Parkway on Dec. 23 after a female suspect allegedly threatened a store employee with a knife. The suspect was observed placing items into a bag and left the business when confronted by the employee, according to police reports. The suspect then threw a bag at the employee, produced a knife, and started swinging it in the employee’s direction before fleeing the area. There were no injuries in this incident. Greensboro police ask that anyone with information about this incident call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

Hot video rental

The Greensboro Fire Department is still investigating the cause of a structure fire at Cheap-O-Video, located at 1640 Spring Garden Street, on Dec. 26. Greensboro police responded to a call of a structure fire at the business around 4:30 a.m. and arrived to find the building’s edifice and some nearby trees engulfed in flames, according to a press release. The Greensboro Fire Department responded to the blaze and extinguished the fire. The city’s fire investigator has not determined if the fire had been intentionally set or was accidental, according to police reports. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

Domestic disturbance

Winston-Salem police arrested Bradly Demont Caple in connection with a kidnapping incident on Dec. 22 in the 2800 block of Old Greensboro Road. The victim, Leslie Evette McCollum, told police that Caple had assaulted her and held her at gunpoint. McCollum said she was able to escape and fled to a neighbor’s house. Caple was later arrested without incident in the 1500 block of Lawrence Way and transported to the Forsyth County jail where he is being held without bond. Caple is charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun, assault on a female and communicating threats.

Taser tag

Greensboro police responded to an armed robbery call at the Olive Garden restaurant at 3000 High Point Road at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 26. Mason Overcash, the alleged victim, told police one of two suspects put a taser to his back and forced him to walk to the rear of the restaurant. The suspects grabbed Overcash’s wallet, removed an undisclosed amount of money, and threw the wallet back at him before fleeing the area, according to police reports. Greensboro police ask that anyone with information about this incident, call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

Foiled fast food robbery

An armed robbery attempt at the Church’s Chicken restaurant at 2431 Randleman Road in Greensboro on Dec. 23 was foiled, according to police reports. Police reports indicate that two male subjects wearing masks entered the restaurant around 9 a.m. One of the suspects brandished a handgun. Both suspects jumped over the counter, threatened an employee, and demanded money, the report states. However, the robbery was foiled and the suspects fled the scene driving a green Dodge Neon headed in the direction of Meadowview Road. No injuries were reported. Greensboro police encourage anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.