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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Bobby Martin:

On Wednesday shortly after 6 p.m. officers responded to the Roanoke Avenue Shell station following a robbery call.

Officers learned a masked person entered the store brandishing a knife and demanded money from the clerk.

The clerk complied with the demands and the suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

No injuries were reported and police continue to investigate.

Martin thanked the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office for its assistance in the investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 252-533-2810 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

Traffic stop

On Wednesday shortly after 10:30 a.m. Officer E. Ellington was in the area of West Eighth and Vance streets when he noticed a driver with an insurance violation.

Ellington spoke with the driver – William Mitchell – and confirmed he was driving on a suspended license.

Ellington also located .3 grams of a white powder suspected to be fentanyl.

The 56-year-old Roanoke Rapids man was charged with possession of schedule II and driving while license revoked.

He received a $500 bond and January 6 court date.

Officer C. Majette assisted.  


Police are investigating the larceny of a pocketbook that occurred on October 30 around 5 p.m. at a downtown grocery store.

Anyone with information about the identity is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810, Investigator J. Shelburne at 252-326-1924 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.