Victim foils robbery at Raleigh check-cashing business

Thief grabbed money at check-cashing store

From staff reportsMay 28, 2012 

— A man whose money was taken out of his hands at a check-cashing business stopped the robbery by chasing the thief, tackling him in a parking lot and holding him, with the help of workers from the business, until officers arrived, police said.

Police pulled in to Raleigh Durham Check Cashers at 3225 Capital Blvd. on Saturday to find the group holding Dusty Lee Walls. They arrested Walls and recovered the $663.44 that had been taken inside the office, they said.

The victim had stood in line to cash a check, got his money and was counting it when someone came from behind, pushed him and snatched the money, police said. The robber then ran, they said.

A short time later, police arrested Alisa Ellis Keaton of Cary, whom they were told had been waiting in a getaway car but fled on foot when the crowd chased the robber out of the office.

Walls, 26, whose address was listed as “anywhere” in Henderson, was charged with common law robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. He was ordered held on $25,000 bail.

Keaton, 35, of 328 Harvest Row Court, faces the same charges and is being held on the same bail.

Walls served about two months in prison for probation violation in Onslow County in 2007.

Keaton had been sentenced to probation in Onslow County in connection with 11 worthless-check charges in 2006 and 2007. In Wake County, she was put on 24 months’ probation in January 2011 for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in 2010, state Department of Correction records show.

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