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Burlington Police: Student Misses Bus, Gets Robbed

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  • Dennis McGee Photo: Burlington Police
  • Dennis Lee McGee Jr. Photo: Burlington Police


Saturday, Burlington Police say they have located and arrested Dennis Lee McGee on charges of Common Law Robbery.

A warrant was issued for his arrest Thursday.

Police say they are still working on identifying the second suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Burlington Police at 336-229-3500 or Crimestoppers at 336-229-7100.

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A 12-year-old Burlington boy is hoping police will find the people who robbed him Monday morning. He was robbed after he missed his school bus while walking to catch the bus at a different spot.

We're concealing the identity of the boy and his father to protect them.


Every day, the boy catches his bus at Logan and Durham Streets. When he missed the bus, he tried to catch it on Jackson Street. On his way there, police say two men approached him and demanded he walk behind a vacant house at Pine and Key Streets. The boy said he was too scared, so he obeyed.

"He's scared now, he doesn't want to go outside," said the boy's father. "I feel bad because I thought my son was in school."

The suspects took the boy's gold necklace and 7-inch HP tablet. "It was apparent to him that they were leading him somewhere versus him voluntarily going somewhere with them," said Burlington Police Lieutenant Brian Long.

The victim's father said the boy was so scared he didn't leave the area until hours after the suspects did. The boy's parents bought him the tablet for Christmas just 3 weeks ago. "Try to buy something for our children and people just coming and take it away. I mean, it's not good," said the boy's father.

Neighbors are disgusted. "Taking something from a kid? What does he have to give you as far as going to school? He don't have anything on him but lunch money," said Larry Poteat, who lives next door to the vacant home where the robbery occurred.

The victim's father is now using this crime as a teaching tool. "We've got some bad people in this world but not everybody is the same. That's what I try to explain to him."

 The boy's father is upset his son's possessions are gone, but he's happy that's all it was. "The material I can buy again, I don't care about the material. I worry about everybody being ok."

If the boy misses the bus in the future, he's been told by his parents to return home and get a ride from them rather than try to catch the bus at another bus stop.

Police released suspect descriptions:


Suspect 1 is described as a black male in his twenties, with short hair, five feet ten inches to six feet tall, slender build, bumps on his chin with a goatee, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and black jeans. 

Suspect 2 is described as a black male approximately five feet ten inches to six feet tall, slender build, no facial hair, having a tattoo on right hand described as letters, wearing red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and red toboggan. 


If you have any information that could help police call the Burlington Police Department at (336)229-3500 or Alamance Crimestoppers at (336)229-7100.


WFMY News 2/Burlington Police Department

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