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Busted: Best of the blotter

by Amy Kingsley

Baseball season

On April 16, four or five suspects armed with baseball bats barged into a house on Willow Road in Greensboro, attacked its 25-year-old resident and ransacked the home and his vehicle. The victim was struck in the head with a bat and held in his room by some of the suspects while the others robbed him. After the suspects left, the victim was treated at Moses Cone for non-life threatening injuries.

Like a sore thumb

Greensboro police are searching for two suspects in connection to a shooting early on the morning of April 20 on Patterson Street. The first suspect – who should be easy enough to identify in a lineup – is described as a black male in his late twenties with gold teeth and vampire fangs who was last seen driving a gold Jaguar. The other subject is a stocky black man in his late twenties driving a gray Nissan.

Insult to injury

Three men robbed a 29-year-old man walking on Hudgins Drive in Greensboro early on the morning of April 20. The victim was walking home from Guilford County Jail when a black man driving a white Cadillac offered him a ride. The driver later picked up two more passengers who robbed the victim before dropping him off at home.

Avenging the DMV

A man wearing a black hoodie, sunglasses and latex gloves held up an NC License Plate Agency in Winston-Salem at gunpoint on the afternoon of April 18. The suspect turned a sawed-off shotgun on the tellers at around 3:30 p.m. and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Bad Samaritans

One or more suspects kidnapped a man who had stopped on the shoulder of Painter Boulevard in Greensboro to investigate a flat tire on April 15. The victim heard a car pull up behind him as he searched his trunk and assumed its occupants were stopping to help him. Instead someone struck him in the face, knocked him out and locked him in the trunk of his vehicle. The robbers – who took his wallet and jewelry – missed his cell phone, which the man used to call his fiancée. At 10:44 a.m. on April 16, he called the police from the truck of the car and was located at 3807 Overland Heights.

Nickel-and-dimed

Greensboro police served three warrants April 17 on former city employee Wesley Alan Gregory, 52, for felony larceny, misdemeanor breaking and entering of coin-operated device and misdemeanor larceny. The city terminated Gregory in December after he was charged with embezzlement for the theft of more than $2,500 from parking meters. The new charges stem from thefts that occurred after his termination, according to the press release. Gregory is accused of stealing meter keys and more than $1,000 in loose change.

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