Anonymous tip led to man’s arrest in string of Kinston robberies

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Lenoir County Crime Stoppers is thanking an anonymous call which led to the arrest of the man accused of robbing local businesses.

Police 40-year-old Jesse Anthony Courtney for a string of felony larcenies in Kinston, including one Sunday at the Lunch Box. He’s facing six counts of felony larceny from a person. Officers picked him up around 3:30 p.m. Monday on South McDaniels Street in Kinston.

Police say he began his string of felony larcenies on November 1 at the Walgreens on N. Herritage Sreet in Kinston.

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Another convenience store in Kinston was robbed Sunday afternoon, according to Kinston Public Safety officers. The Lunch Box on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was robbed around 4 p.m.

Witnesses say the suspect leaned over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money when a clerk was assisting another customer. The suspect then left the area, dropping money on the way.

Police are now searching for a black male, 25-35 yrs. of age, approximately 5’10”, wearing a back hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone who has information concerning this or other similar robberies in the City of Kinston in encouraged to contact Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.  Information can be given anonymously.

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