American Idol winner Scotty McCreery victim in Raleigh home invasion robbery, phone stolen

American Idol winner and friends held up in robbery at apartment complex near campus of NC State.
May 6, 2014 2:19:30 PM PDT
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and some friends were the victims of a home invasion style robbery in the 2100 block of Raleigh's Wolf Tech Lane just before 2 a.m. Monday.

The area is an apartment complex near the N.C. State campus and McCreery is a student at the university.

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According to Raleigh police, three armed people came into the home and took wallets, cash, and electronic items before fleeing. Police estimate the value of the items stolen as over $1,600, including a $400 iPhone belonging to McCreery, and a $1,200 laptop belonging to one of McCreery's friends.

No one was hurt.

In a 911 call released by police, one of the people in the apartment told an operator "they took everything we have."

"They were like 'Get down. Get on the floor and give us everything you got,'" said the caller.

The caller said the robbers told the group to count down from 100 before they were allowed to get up.

Neighbors who spoke with ABC11 described hearing a group of people charging up the stairs.

"All you heard was yelling like 'Who are you? What are you doing here? ' for a good five minutes. It was just yelling," said one neighbor.

The woman said the next thing she heard was people running down the stairs again and soon afterwards police arrived.

"We just thought it was a bunch of college students partying until that point," said the woman.

The front door of the apartment was covered in police fingerprinting dust Monday. Investigators said they were working to put together descriptions of the suspects.

McCreery put out a statement on Twitter:

"Yes, it was definitely a very scary night. Luckily me friends and I are safe and the Raleigh PD is on the case. I will share more when the time is right, but as of now we do not want to do or say anything that could hinder the investigation. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support. A huge thank you to the Raleigh PD for their quick response and hard work in solving this case."

McCreery - a native of Garner, North Carolina - burst onto the national stage in 2011 when he won the tenth season of American Idol. The country music singer has since released three albums, all of which have been top sellers.

He is finishing up his sophomore year at N.C. State.

Anyone with information that might assist detectives is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.


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