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Sheriff: Stranded motorist ruse used to commit robbery in Greene County

May 13th, 2013 10:15 am by Staff Report

Sheriff: Stranded motorist ruse used to commit robbery in Greene County

GREENEVILLE — Good samaritans were robbed at gunpoint Saturday in Greene County after stopping to help someone posing as a stranded motorist, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns said in a news release the robbery happened on State Route 70-South, also known as the Asheville Highway, around 6 p.m. Saturday.
Burns said two men and a woman had pulled a faded red late 1980s or early 1990s model GMC Jimmy or Chevrolet S-10 Blazer sport utility vehicle to the side of the road and raised the hood to give the pretense of car trouble.
A photograph of a vehicle similar to the one used by the alleged robbers accompanies this report.
The female, described as white with dirty blonde hair, was holding what appeared to be a baby while flagging down help.
People did stop and two men armed with handguns demanded money from them.
The men and woman drove away in the red SUV.
One of the men was described as white with dirty blonde hair. He was about five-feet, nine inches tall and between 19 and 20 years old.
The other man was described as white and having a stocky build, about five-feet, 10 inches tall and between 20-25 years old.
Anyone who saw anything or who may have any information about these individuals should contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Department at 423-798-1800.

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