Winston-Salem police arrest man linked to three robberies in past week

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The Shoe Show at 1197 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem. (Google Maps)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police have arrested a man they believed robbed three stores this week, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Robert Lee McCollum, 29, of Winston-Salem, was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The alleged robberies started Monday. Winston-Salem police responded Monday to Shoe Show, 1197 Silas Creek Parkway. Store employees told police that a man approached the register with a pair of shoes, then produced a box cutter and demanded money. The man stole money and the shoes and left in an SUV. No one was injured.

Then on Wednesday, police went to the Latin American Grocery, 841 E. Sprague St., where store employees said a man came in the store with a knife and demanded money. The man left with money and was last seen in an SUV. Again, no one was injured.

On Thursday, Winston-Salem police responded to a reported robbery at Tienda Mexican Store, 338 Waughtown St. Store employees said a man came into the store with a box cutter and demanded money. The man left the store with money and again was seen leaving the area in an SUV. No injuries were reported.

Police stopped McCollum later Thursday, driving an SUV that matched the description. He was driving in the 1200 block of Silas Creek Parkway, police said in the news release.
McCollum was taken into custody without incident, police said.

After further investigation, McCollum was charged with the robberies. Police seized a box cutter, according to police.

McCollum is in the Forsyth County Detention Center with bond set at $125,000.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800. Spanish speakers can call Crime Stoppers at (336) 728-3904.