Crime & Courts

Suspect charged in 5 Charlotte robberies

A man responsible for a string of robberies across north and northeast Charlotte in the past three weeks was arrested Thursday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Investigators said Dustin Andrew Washington, 28, of Charlotte, was taken into custody without incident and charged with two counts of armed robbery and three counts of common law robbery. Police said the investigation is continuing.

Police accuse Washington of being involved in these cases:

• Nov. 14, Dollar General, 7300 block of The Plaza. Investigators said a man entered the store about 9:15 a.m. and demanded money at gunpoint. He then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

• Nov. 23, Family Dollar, 5200 block of North Sharon Amity Road. Police said a man came into the store shortly before 7 p.m., approached the cashier with several items, and then grabbed the cashier and demanded money. The suspect indicated he had a weapon, police said, then fled with cash.

• Nov. 28, Family Dollar, 6200 block of The Plaza. Investigators said the suspect followed the same routine as on Nov. 23, approaching the cashier with items to purchase and then robbing the store.

• Monday, CVS, 6100 block of The Plaza. A suspect browsed through the aisles, approached the front register with items to buy, then grabbed the cashier and indicated he had a handgun. The suspect fled with cash, investigators said.

• Tuesday, Hardee’s, 4200 block of East W.T. Harris Boulevard. A suspect assaulted a customer, pulled a handgun, then demanded money from employees, police said. The suspect fled with cash, according to police.

Police ask that anyone with information about these robberies contact Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.