• Police add 2 robbery detectives after crime numbers continue to rise

    By: Mark Becker


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Won Yun was about to close his dry cleaners on Albemarle Road Monday evening when a man rattled the front door, so Yun let him in.

    When the man who pretended to be a customer pulled a gun, Yun didn't hesitate.

    "With a gun I can do nothing," Yun said Tuesday.

    The man took cash from the register and left the store. Yun was shaken, but not hurt.

    It has been all too common in 2012 in Charlotte, where statistics show robberies are up by more than 15 percent this year.

    Police say that after three years of dropping crime numbers, including robberies, they are concerned about the upward trend.

    But they also say they have made 150 more robbery arrests in 2012 than they did by the same time last year and hope that will help reverse the trend.

    Police have also added two more robbery detectives and are going to bring on two more, hoping to get the robbery numbers down.

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