Fuquay-Varina High School was put on lockdown Wednesday morning because police thought an armed robber might be in the area, although they later learned that the robbery victims had called them a half hour after it happened.
Police received a call at 10:39 a.m. from four men who were at a Speedway gas station at 100 E. Broad St., near the high school, town spokeswoman Susan Weis said.
When officers arrived, however, the four reported that a man with a gun had robbed them 30 to 40 minutes earlier in front of a Shop N Save grocery store five blocks away. The man took wallets and cell phones, they told police.
Police did not disclose if they knew why the men called so long after they were held up.
The alleged robber ran on Broad Street to Stewart Street and was last seen in a small, blue car that a woman was driving north on Stewart Street, Weis said. Police were told that an infant was in the back seat of the car.
Police ask anyone with information that might help them find the man to call 919-552-3191.
The lockdown at the school was a precaution, police said, and was lifted after police established that no gunman was in the area.