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3 armed men rob Scotty McCreery, friends at apartment

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Chuck Liddy - cliddy@newsobserver.com
Scotty McCreery, of American Idol fame, sings to the crowd at the ACC Men's basketball tournament in the Greensboro Coliseum Wednesday, March 7, 2014. He played between the second and third game of the day.

RALEIGH Three armed men robbed country singer Scotty McCreery and some friends in an apartment in the southern part of the city early Monday, police said.

No one was hurt when the trio entered the apartment on Wolf Tech Lane and took wallets and electronics, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

McCreery, a Garner native who won the 2011 “American Idol” competition, posted a statement on his Twitter feed Monday afternoon.

“Yes, it was definitely a very scary night. Luckily my friends and I are safe and the Raleigh PD is on the case,” McCreery said. “I will share more when the time is right, but as of now we do not want to do or say anything that could hinder the investigation.

“Thanks to everyone for the prayers and support. A huge thank you to the Raleigh PD for their quick response and hard work in solving this case.”

The robbery took place about 1:45 a.m. A resident of the apartment who was trying to sleep in a bedroom called 911 to report the incident. He said the three men were armed with two pistols and an assault rifle and told everyone to get down on the floor.

“They took everything they had,” the caller said on a recording of the call released Monday afternoon. The caller’s name was not released.

McCreery was visiting a friend at the apartment.

Wolf Tech Lane is in a condominium development called University Woods at Centennial and is near the intersection of Trailwood Drive and Tryon Road.

Police ask anyone who was in the area around the time of the crime and noticed anything suspicious or who has other information that might assist detectives to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

McCreery, a sophomore at N.C. State University, went on from “Idol” to win best new artist awards from the Academy of Country Music and the American Country Awards. He released his third CD, “See You Tonight,” last fall.

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