by David McGee

The best and worst of Triad area police blotters, as compiled by David McGee

Church robbery

Winston-Salem police responded to Salem Baptist Church on Broad Street after receiving a call of armed robbery. Upon arrival it was determined that while church personnel were serving dinner in the cafeteria on the evening of Nov. 4, a black man between 18 and 25 wearing an orange or yellow shirt and black ski mask came in with a handgun and robbed them of a money box and its contents. No one was injured during the robbery, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 336.727.2800.

Pizza Hut robbery

A manager of the Pizza Hut on Robinhood Road was leaving with the daily deposit on Sunday night when Rodney G. Nesmith, 45, approached her with a handgun. Nesmith pistolwhipped her in the face during a struggle, lacerating her face. Another employee witnessed the incident and attempted to hit Nesmith with his vehicle but missed, running into another vehicle. Nesmith ran around the building into a waiting 1999 Crown Victoria that was occupied by Michael Thomas, 47, and Anntisha Benton, 22. Thomas fled the scene along Robinhood Road toward Polo Road while being followed by the Pizza Hut employee in his vehicle until passing a police officer that stopped both vehicles on Polo Road. The suspects were arrested on charges including attempted armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. All three are being held on secured bond.