Man held in string of crimes

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

A local man has been charged in connection with a string of crimes ranging from armed robbery, a residential break-in and fraud dating back to October, according to police.

After an armed robbery at Carolina Town and Country and an attempted armed robbery at the Lee Avenue Family Dollar Monday, Eric Lee Richardson-Kilcullen, 24, of the 700 block of Chatham Street, was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense and one count of fraud disposal of mortgage property, according to Sanford Police Capt. Harold Layton.

Shortly after noon on Monday, officers responded to Family Dollar, located at 2540 Lee Ave., for an attempted robbery, according to a Sanford Police Department release.

Family Dollar employees said a white man with a slender build, wearing a blue and white jacket, entered the store, threatened the clerk and demanded money. The suspect left the store without any cash after other customers entered the store. No injuries were reported.

Later in the day, Carolina Town and Country employees reported that a similarly described suspect had robbed the business, located at 710 E. Main St., at gunpoint.

Carolina Town and Country Owner Tommy Thystrup said no one was injured, but the employee at the cash register was still pretty shaken up about the incident. 

“A young fella with a hoodie was stalking around the store close to closing,” he said. “He was looking at some kittens and working up and down the aisles. He looked suspicious.”

The suspect waited until Thystrup left the store with his dog before “going into action,” Thystrup said, adding that he reportedly made off with nearly $500.

“We had 16 cameras, and he was on a lot of those,” he said. “Police came in and had a clear picture of how he looked. That might have helped when they apprehended him.”

Detectives were able to arrest the suspect near Poplar Street shortly after the robbery, according to the Sanford Police Department arrest report.

The second robbery charge for Richardson-Kilcullen stems from a robbery at Dollar General, located at 2461 Hawkins Ave., Friday. The breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods charges are related to a Nov. 21 break-in in the 500 block of Maple Avenue, where electronics were taken. The obtaining property by false pretense and fraud disposal of mortgage property charges stem from when the suspect allegedly pawned a laptop computer he had rented from Rent a Center to Quick Cash Pawn on Oct. 19.

Mark Alburn Wall, 40, of the 200 block of Poplar Street, was charged with accessory after the fact for allegedly “providing transportation from the scene” of the Carolina Town and Country robbery and felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony obtaining property by false pretenses after allegedly entering a storage building in the 2800 block of Lee Avenue, taking copper wiring and selling it to Lee Iron and Metal sometime between May and Tuesday, according to the release.

Richardson-Kilcullen was placed in Lee County Jail under a $172,000 secured bond, and Wall was held at the jail under a $35,000 secured bond.