Nine arrested in string of sweepstakes robberies in Greensboro

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Zebedee Brown, Gary Lamont Smith and Tamarquis Tashea Merritt (Guilford Co. Jail)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro Police have arrested nine people after a six-month investigation into robberies at five Internet sweepstakes businesses.

Zebedee Brown, 25, Gary Lamont Smith, 19, and Tamarquis Tashea Merritt, 19, were charged in connection with all five robberies, police said.

Six others were arrested in connection with some of the incidents, police said. Those include Briana Shea Holt, 19, Shakela Annette Stinson, 19, Kenneth Edgar William Jarrett Jr., 26, Candace Denys Smith, 25, Latoria Carolyn Smith, 25 and Brandon Christopher Banks, 27.

All were charged with robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapons. All arrested are from Greensboro, except for Banks, who’s from McLeansville, police said.

The robberies took place between Sept. 12 and Oct. 15, police said. The addresses of the robberies were 2900 Randleman Road, 2103 Pyramids Village Boulevard, 2103 E. Cone Boulevard, 3520 Rehobeth Church Road and 3512 East Wendover Avenue.

Police gave descriptions of three of the incidents in a news release. At least one person was armed with a handgun in each robbery, police said. In one incident, three suspects were armed with handguns and wore Halloween masks, and in another case, four suspects were armed with handguns, police said.

Brown, Smith, Merritt and Jarrett are in the Guilford County Jail, while all the others were released on bond, police said.