Papa Topps robbed at gunpoint

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 28, 2011

An armed man robbed the Papa Topps store at 902 S. Main St. about 7 p.m. Thursday.
Salisbury Police say a black man, dressed all in black, came into the store, showed a gun and was given money. He left by the front door. Police called it a very quick robbery.
The only people in the store at the time were the owners.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds.
Deputy Chief Steve Whitley said officers and a K-9 arrived within minutes of the 911 call, but the K-9 didn’t pick up anything.
“It’s just a nice little mom-and-pop neighborhood store,” Whitley said. “But, unfortunately, the hoodlums, they don’t descriminate, they will rob anybody in any place.”
Detectives have been assigned to the case, Whitley said.
Papa Topps has been a target of break-ins over the years, but the last time a clerk at the store was robbed at gunpoint was in 2002.