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Men charged in fast food armed robberies in court Thursday

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Four men charged with the armed robberies of multiple fast food restaurants were back in court on Thursday.

23-year-old Marcus Garrett, 23, Trevin Gibson, 22, Dashaun Spruill, 19, and Prentise Wilkins, 19, were all charged with two counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon.  All four men were charged with the December 30 robbery of the Burger King on Memorial Drive in Greenville.

Records also show Garrett and Wilkins were also charged in the January 6 robbery of the KFC on Greenville Boulevard.  Gibson and Spruill were charged in the November 17 robbery of the Bojangles on Farmville Boulevard.

One has already appeared, the others are expected before the end of the day.

Their appearances are related to simple procedure of setting their next court dates.

---Previous Story, Greenville Police stay quiet on fast food armed robbery arrests---

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Police are still staying tight lipped about four men who were arrested for various fast food armed robberies last weekend.

23-year-old Marcus Garrett, 22-year-old Trevin Gibson, 19-year-old DaShaun Spruill, and 19-year-old Prentise Wilkins are all being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1 million bond each.

Since October there nearly a dozen fast food chains have been hit in various cities across the east. There haven't been any other robberies since the arrests but we still don't know if they are in connection with all the rest.

Our team reached out to other law enforcement agencies and they say they were asked to not comment so we asked Interim Police Chief Joe Bartlet about it.

"As much as I would like to talk about that trust me as long as we would like to go into detail about that because of the nature of the investigation we can not discuss it,” Interim Chief Bartlett said at a press conference earlier Thursday. When our crew continued to ask him he continued to tell us he had no comment.

We talked to Al Faber who was at the Bojangles, right as it was being robbed.

"We pulled in the parking lot and we were afraid they were about to close, there were no cars in the parking lot except for one that was going around the back,” said Faber.

He was walking in the door, the robber was running out.

"He ran past my wife and son and they observed he had a mask on and a hood and gloves on, and then they saw that he had a money bag in his hand,” Faber recalled.

 He says their timing couldn't have been better.

"I said I’ll never complain about being stuck in traffic again because if we had been 15 seconds earlier we would have walked right in on an armed robbery so we were very fortunate,” said Faber.

We asked Faber if he’d ever eat there again.

"Yes I will, I mean things can happen all over the place so that doesn't bother me, it was just, we're very fortunate that it worked out for us that we weren't there any earlier,” he says.

 

---Previous Story, 9 Investigates: Who are the 4 men in custody for spree of fast food armed robberies?---

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Police aren't talking about the arrests surrounding the robberies of several fast food restaurants across the east so we decided to get down to the bottom of it ourselves.

9 On Your Side spent the day digging through court records, making phone calls, and using social media

And we now know more about the four men that are all being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a one million dollar bond each on felony robbery charges.

But just who are they?

Some of these men have an extensive criminal background; larceny, possession of a weapon on campus, disorderly conduct, and even some federal charges.

It's been difficult trying to piece together what happened prior to the arrests.

Not only are Greenville Police not commenting, but they've instructed other law enforcement agencies to keep quiet as well.

Late Monday afternoon, 9 On Your Side was able to obtain arrest warrants listing each of the suspect's charges.

Those documents show all four men were charged with the December 30th robbery of the Burger King on Memorial Drive.

Marcus Garrett and Prentise Wilkins were also charged in the January 6th robbery of the KFC on Greenville Boulevard. And Gibson and Spruill were charged in the November 17th robbery of the Bojangles on Farmville Boulevard.

So who are the four men?

9 On Your Side tried to talk with their families but were only able to get a hold of the mother of 19-year-old Prentise Wilkins of Williamston.

She described her son as a "good kid" and "respectful" and says her entire family is still in shock.

But according to our sister station WRAL, Wilkins was charged with simple affray and disorderly conduct in 2009 after he started a fight in the cafeteria at Knightdale High School.

9 On Your Side also found what appears to be his facebook page. In pictures posted in November, Prentise, who goes by "PJ" is seen holding a wad of cash. And in another, a gun is in his pocket.

Next, 23-year-old Marcus Garret of Greenville.

He was charged with larceny in 2007 and possession of a weapon on campus in 2008. On Twitter, one of his friends said she wasn't surprised he was charged in the robberies.

And then there's 19-year-old Dashaun Spruill of Robersonville.

Online rosters show he was a football and basketball player at South Creek High.

A Twitter page that appears to belong to Spruill is full of posts about violence and guns. But most disturbing of all are pictures posted in October of him holding a gun and a stack of cash on his counter in November.

Finally, 22-year-old Trevin Gibson of Greenville.

In 2008, Gibson pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the possession of stolen firearms.

Investigators say he and four other suspects drove three stolen cars into the parking lot of Washington Marine and Sporting Center, broke through the glass and stole 12 handguns and rifles.

The bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms was only able recover three of those firearms. 

9 On Your Side contacted the ATF earlier today. They would not comment on whether they are involved in this robbery investigation or if they thought any of the guns used in the robberies were stolen.

--- Original Story ---

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Four men are behind bars charged with two counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. They're tied to a spree of fast food armed robberies across the east.

Greenville Police aren't commenting on the arrests, but court records show each of the men have been charged in connection to the robberies.

23-year-old Marcus Garrett, 22-year-old Trevin Gibson, 19-year-old DaShaun Spruill, and 19-year-old Prentise Wilkins are all being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1 million bond each.

They are all being held at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1 million bond each.

All four men were charged with the December 30th robbery of the Burger King on Memorial Boulevard. 

Records show Garrett and Wilkins were also charged in the January 6th robbery of the KFC on Greenville Boulevard.

And Gibson and Spruill were charged in the November 17th robbery of the Bojangles on Farmville Boulevard.

Since October there have been nine fast food robberies across the east.

You may remember on January 24th, CrimeStoppers offered a $10-thousand reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

Since that time there haven't been any robberies.

Throughout the day we've been making calls to several law enforcement agencies across the east.

A spokesperson for the Farmville police department told us the four men are people of interest for anyone that's had a fast food robbery recently. That spokesperson said they've been exchanging information with the Greenville Police.

The four suspects were booked at the Pitt County Detention Center on Saturday.

Their first court appearance was today. Their next court appearance is February 16th.

We'll have more information as soon as it becomes available. 

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