by Amy Kingsley

Repeat offenders

Last Tuesday, four black men jumped the manager of a BP gas station at 3227 S. Holden Road in Greensboro as he walked to his car. The assailants tried to force the manager to open the door; when he refused, they heaved a trashcan through the windows and looted the store of cigarettes and lighters. The victim said the same suspects – who fled in a burgundy Camry – had tried to rob him before.

Dusting for cell phones

Greensboro police arrested Shawn Johnson, 19, after the teenager left his cell phone at the scene of an armed robbery. Johnson allegedly held up a Shell station at 4320 High Point Road by knifepoint and, in his haste to leave the scene, left behind his phone. Investigators solved an arson case earlier this year after recovering a cell phone from one of the perpetrators.

Nonverbal communication

Christopher Corl was leaving work at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem on Sunday when two armed suspects approached and entered his vehicle. One of the suspects forced Corl to drive several blocks, then started beating him over the head with a handgun. Corl escaped the car and fled on foot. The stolen vehicle is a black 1992 BMW with Pennsylvania plates.

Paging the ‘Cops’ camera crew

Winston-Salem police arrested Spencer Campbell, 26, after a vehicle pursuit and a foot race that started when Campbell, who was driving with his headlights off, ran a stop sign. Police originally identified Campbell’s car as one that matched the description of one involved in an armed robbery. Campbell was booked on a $12,000 unsecured bond for reckless driving, fleeing to elude, no operator’s license and other moving violations.

Poaching purses

Boa Symounthone, 41, of Greensboro, was leaving the Food Lion on Coliseum Boulevard On Thursdat when a 6-foot 3-inch black male tipping the scales at an estimated 230 pounds attempted to snatch her purse. She resisted, a scuffle ensued, and the suspect eventually made off with the goods. Symounthone sustained a busted lip in the altercation.