Community policing credited with solving series of Greenville neighborhood armed robberies

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – One Greenville neighborhood is at peace now.

Residents hope the weeks of random armed robberies in the Lynndale and Irish Creek neighborhoods are over thanks to an arrest by Greenville Police.

The community and law enforcement worked together to solve the case.

“17-18 years, I think, we’ve lived here,” said Diane Kulik, Lynndale homeowner. She describes the people as friendly, the atmosphere calm, and she always felt comfortable until about a month ago. “They certainly were scared, uh, they were worried that it would be them.”

That’s the feeling after multiple armed robberies in the area. One off one street and another off another one.

Someone was following people home, pointing a gun to their head, forcing them to an ATM, and the suspect even made their way into some homes.

But thanks to the community and police relationship, the case is closed.

“[We’re] really, really relieved,” said Kulik.

GPD was able to find the suspect in part because of its partnership with the folks in the community. Residents kept each other informed, sent emails, called in tips.

“That’s something that we try to, as a police department, really stress, is that, in your community, if you do see something, stuff that’s going on, you need to report it,” explained Detective Brian Gillen, Greenville Police Department.

“Everybody did what they should do, and they were sensible about it,” said Kulik.

Early Saturday morning, 26-year-old Anterrio Leon Bright was arrested at a traffic stop.
Just in time for the holidays.

“Just really happy, really relieved that people could relax now, have a happy Thanksgiving,” said Kulik.

Community policing, Chief Mark Holtzman has talked about it since he stepped foot in Greenville and residents in the Lynndale community said it’s what solved the case.

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