Police are looking for two suspects connected with a strong-arm robbery and a stolen vehicle.
While Burlington police responded to a motor vehicle crash Saturday on Cadiz Street, the officers received a call from a man who reported his 2014 Toyota Camry stolen by force at the Food Lion on West Webb Avenue.
When officers arrived at the crash location, they found the stolen Camry. The occupants had fled on foot and were last seen running into a wooded area on Caswell Street. Officers and Alamance County sheriff's deputies circulated through the area but didn't find the suspects.
The victim said he had arranged a meeting with an unknown seller for an Apple iPhone advertised on Craigslist, and they had agreed to meet at the Food Lion. When the victim arrived, he was approached by two men. One questioned him about his car, then grabbed him, and a struggle ensued.
The victim dropped his keys and was able to run away. One man chased him before giving up the chase, and the other drove off in his car.
Both suspects are described as black and in their early 20s. The first is 6 feet tall with a thin build and short hair, and wore a black T-shirt and red pants. The second is heavy-set with short hair, and wore a black T-shirt and black shorts.
The victim was not injured. He retrieved his vehicle from the crash scene with minimal damage.
The Burlington Police Department has a designated Safe Trade Location in the parking lot completing online transactions. The location is also registered at www.safetradestations.com.
Police ask anyone who witnessed this incident or know the identities of the suspects to contact them at 336-229-3500. For anonymous methods, call Alamance County-Wise Crimestoppers at 336-229-7100, or text 8398 to 274637 for a text-a-top method, both with possible cash rewards.