Raleigh police arrest suspect in 5 armed robberies

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The Raleigh Police Department said Monday it has arrested a suspect in five of seven recent armed robberies in the city.

Alvin Marion Pickett, 26, faces five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Picket faces additional charges in an attempted robbery Sunday night at a Pizza Hut on Hillsborough Street. Witnesses said he showed a gun, but fled before completing the robbery. A Raleigh police officer spotted the car Picket was driving and he was arrested without incident.

Prior to Picket's arrest, detectives had been circulating surveillance pictures of a masked suspect wanted in armed robberies in the city.

images courtesy Raleigh Police Department

Credit: Raleigh Police Department



The holdups included:

  • The Nov. 15 robbery of the Nora and Nicky's store at 6520 Falls of Neuse Road

  • The Nov. 21 robbery of the Raleigh Pharmacy at 927 W. Morgan Street

  • The Nov. 27 robbery of the Jimmy John's restaurant at 5011 Falls of Neuse Road

  • The Dec. 5 robbery of the Subway restaurant at 706 W. Peace Street

  • The Dec. 7 robbery of the Sweet Frog shop at 6260 Plantation Center Drive

  • The Dec. 13 robbery of the Hungry Howie's restaurant at 1814 Oberlin Road

  • The Dec. 17 robbery of the Subway restaurant at 4003 Wake Forest Road


Police said the suspect was armed with a handgun during the crimes and has worn either a bandana or a ski mask to disguise himself.

Sunday night they released a third image of the suspect taken Dec. 17.

image courtesy Raleigh police



Police said the Nov. 15 robbery of the Nora and Nicky's store at 6520 Falls of Neuse Rd. and the Dec. 5 robbery of the Subway restaurant at 706 W. Peace St. remain under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.
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