Crabtree police search of car yields gift cards, computers

From staff reportsFebruary 5, 2013 

Glen Curtis Robinson

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Glen Curtis Robinson was arrested Feb. 1 for trying to get merchandise without paying for it at Crabtree Valley Mall and then trying to drive away from police and resisting arrest.

The next day, mall police executed a search warrant for a green Toyota Corolla and came up with 16 Visa gift cards, four American Express gift cards, six Walmart cards and two other unspecified types, five iPads, two iPad minis and three Macbook Pro computers.

When Robinson, 24, of Richmond, Va., was arrested the afternoon of Feb. 1, mall police charged him with attempting to obtain merchandise by false pretenses, damage to property, using a motor vehicle to try to elude police and resisting arrest.

That night, he also was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses in a different incident.

The search warrant that police returned to the Wake County Clerk’s Office on Monday, listing Robinson as a suspect, noted that one of the seized cards had been used at a Walmart.

According to the search warrant, the Corolla belongs to a New Jersey man, Gavin Michaels, and officers found his driver’s license in it as well as A Virginia license in Robinson’s name.

It is unclear, however, how Robinson was associated with it.

A spokeswoman for Crabtree Valley Mall was unavailable Tuesday, and mall police would not discuss the case.

Online Wake County records indicated Robinson had been freed on bond after the arrests.

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