One man charged in Garner holdup, second charged in theft of propane tanks

From staff reportsFebruary 19, 2014 

— Two men were arrested Tuesday in connection with December thefts in Garner, one for an armed robbery at a Family Dollar store and one in the larceny of propane tanks from a Home Depot.

Timothy Deontee Cooper, 22, 603 Curtiss Drive in Garner was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in the Family Dollar theft.

Lt. Chris Clayton said investigators had identified Cooper as the person they wanted for going into the store on Plaza Circle before it opened on Dec. 23, showing a black-and-silver semi-automatic handgun and taking $4,792.74.

An investigator had been tracking Cooper’s whereabouts, Clayton said, and knew that a civil court case in which he was involved was on the calendar for Tuesday in Raleigh.

Police arrested Cooper at the Wake County Courthouse, their report said.

In the other case, Wake County sheriff’s deputies arrested Castro Francisco Turrubiartes, 37, of 4504 Graham Newton Road, a Raleigh address in unincorporated Wake County.

Turrubiartes, whom deputies said they found in Zebulon, was being sought in the Dec. 27 theft from the Home Depot on Timber Drive of eight propane tanks used to power forklifts.

The tanks were worth about $1,700, police said in a warrant they had obtained for Turrubiartes.

Cooper was being held in lieu of $225,000 bail for a first court appearance Wednesday.

Online Wake County records showed Turrubiartes was not in custody Wednesday, but his bail amount was not immediately available.

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