A Roanoke Rapids man is wanted in two of the recent strings of armed robberies in the city limits and county.
Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said investigators believe that Mahkhi Bynum, 21, may be involved in the other armed robberies that the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
There have been a total of five armed robberies in the area since January 13.
Bynum is wanted for the Saturday night heist at Family Dollar on Highway 158 and the January 22 robbery of The Store Next Door.
He faces two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Bynum is known to frequent areas in Roanoke Rapids, Enfield and Virginia. Martin said it is believed others may be aiding him to elude capture.
Martin said from the evidence police have reviewed it is believed Bynum reportedly was the one who has committed the other robberies and investigators believe others may be involved.
The Family Dollar heist was the fifth armed robbery to occur in the Roanoke Valley since January 13.
The Halifax County Sheriff’s reported that robberies occurred January 13, 14 and 18.
The sheriff’s office has said that based on the way the suspects were dressed as seen in limited video footage, the type of businesses robbed and the times in which they were robbed, investigators are treating the crimes as related.
The January 13 robbery occurred around 9:30 p.m. at the Dollar General located on Silvertown Road in Enfield.
During the robbery a person described as a slim Black male dressed in all black with his face hidden by a coat hood entered the store and used a dark handgun to rob the employee working.
The second armed robbery occurred January 14 around 9:30 p.m. at the Subway located on West Tenth Street in Roanoke Rapids.
A person described as a slim black male who stood around 6-feet tall entered the business dressed in all black with his face hidden by a coat. He used a dark-colored handgun to rob the employees working.
The third armed robbery occurred January 18 around 8:45 p.m. at the Family Dollar on Highway 48 in Roanoke Rapids.
Anyone with information on these robberies is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810, the sheriff’s office at 252-583-8201 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.