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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Shane Guyant:

On Wednesday around noon Lieutenant D. Newsome responded to a large retailer on Julian R. Allsbrook Highway regarding a larceny.  

Newsome was advised that a man later identified as Robbie Lee Knowles, 47, of Hamilton,fled the scene in a beige Buick.  

Knowles allegedly took several tools from the business and was afforded the opportunity to return the stolen items by loss prevention but refused.  

Guyant said Knowles has an extremely long criminal history that dates back to 1993 and includes numerous charges related to larceny and shoplifting.

He currently has the following pending charges from last year:

Habitual larceny and assault on a female from Pitt County

Larceny of chose in action and financial card theft from Martin County

Newsome charged Knowles with habitual larceny and felony possession of stolen goods.  

“We also learned that Knowles had committed another set of larcenies in Nash County earlier in the morning,” Guyant said.

Knowles remains in the Halifax County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash bond.

He has a February 22 court date.


On Tuesday around 8 p.m., Officer M. Morris responded to a restaurant on Premier Boulevard in reference to a disturbance call.  

Morris was advised that the individual involved in the call — Kemajiln Aleik Jiles — was in the parking lot in a red Toyota. Officer Morris noticed the vehicle and Jiles was in the process of leaving the parking lot erratically.  

Jiles, 23, of Roanoke Rapids, pulled onto the roadway and then pulled into another business parking lot.  

During the traffic stop, two female passengers began to argue. Morris defused the situation.  

Morris immediately detected several signs of impairment from Jiles, who later registered a breath alcohol concentration of .13.  

Morris charged Jiles with DWI.  

He has another pending DWI charge in Halifax County from December, a pending resist a public officer charge from October and pending Northampton County charges of going armed to the terror of the public from June and breaking and entering a motor vehicle in January.

He awaits a March 1 court date.