VA Harris Teeter Robbed, WUSA
Greensboro, NC -- "After three or four stores got hit and they were still getting hit, it was pretty bad," Peter said.
If only the bandits had stopped at four.
"I was just in pure panic when I was punching in the clock"
Again and again, two men in masks barged in waving guns, headed straight to the self-checkout cash box and pried them open with a crowbar.
"I was just ready to give up."
Peter works at Harris Teeter, the store the two men targeted for a dozen robberies across three states and Washington.
They hit seven stores in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.
And the hold-ups stopped.
Peter said, "After ten o'clock there's a bell that rings when the door opens. And when you hear that chime after a while, after a couple months, it started wearing on your nerves. You're wondering who's coming in the door."
"We threw everything we could at it. And the reality is that we did not get a solve in this case," said Greensboro Police Captain Mike Richey.
Crime stats show it's not necessarily the detectives' fault.
With robberies, nothing's guaranteed.
Statewide, the stats are the same.
Six out of 1o robberies go unsolved.
"That's what will eat at you. Because you can look at it as a number if you want. But that doesn't tend to be how our guys do it. They look at it as a person. And when you look at is as a person you want to help that person any way you can," Richey said.
But it might not mean robbers are walking free.
If police can connect someone to 5 out of 10 cases that's only a 50% solve rate even if they know the crook committed all ten crimes.
And detectives believe crooks behind some open cases are in prison for other crimes.
As for the Harris Teeter cases...
"I don't know why we don't know who they are," Richey said.