by Jordan Green

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled by Jordan Green


One or more burglars appear to have broken into the Soaps Laundry Mat on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro by entering through access holes for air conditioning units on the roof and then busting a hole through a sheetrock wall late in the evening of March 8 or early in the morning of March 9. Police officers dispatched to check out an alarm call at 2:12 a.m. discovered that cash had been taken from a locked cabinet. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.


Richard Brandon Wells, a 31-year-old firefighter with the Raleigh Fire Department, had been communicating through the internet with a Guilford County sheriff’s deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl for several months when the two discussed the possibility of Wells traveling to meet the paramour for a liaison. Assisted by the Raleigh Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wells and charged him with solicitation of a minor by computer to commit an unlawful sex act and attempted indecent liberties with a minor. Wells was held in the Guilford County Jail under a $100,000 bond.


Following an attempted robbery at Little Caesar’s pizza restaurant on High Point Road in Greensboro on Sunday evening, police located and detained a suspect at the intersection of Belmar and Haden. A tell-tale sign of the man’s involvement was that he was still in possession of a note used in the attempted robbery. Positive identification by employees further sealed the malefactor’s fate. Police charged 32-year-old Charles Brandon Howell with attempted common law robbery and he was held under a $30,000 bond.


A black man wearing a multicolored hoodie and a white mask entered Jet Mart on East Cone Boulevard on Monday at about 7 p.m. and demanded money before shooting a 53-yearold store employee, Greensboro police report.

The assailant fled on foot without taking anything from the store, while the store employee was taken to Moses Cone hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.