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by Carrie C. Causey
FRANKLINTON — Police swarmed a home on Mount Olivet Church Road Monday a little after 4 p.m. after a man reported being robbed and shot in the shoulder.
According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Captain E.H. Smith, the victim was at the grocery store and when he returned there were people in the yard waiting for him to come home.
Smith said two unidentified suspects came in behind the 66-year-old man as he entered his house. They hit him in the head and shot him in the upper back while he was on the floor. The suspects made off with an undetermined amount of money and a firearm.
According to the report by Deputy J. Davis Jr., the victim attempted to drive his pickup truck to get help, but ran into a nearby ditch.
He was taken to the hospital, but Smith believes the victim has already been released.
The investigation is still ongoing.
K9 tracks suspect
WAKE FOREST — A man wanted for assault, among other charges, was apprehended after midnight Tuesday following a foot chase that ended with the help of a Wake Forest Police K9.
Chief Operations Officer Richard Johnson of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said Taurns Ross Gallatin, 34, 2704 Old Williams Road, Raleigh, had been involved in an incident on Jones Dairy Road Monday night at 10:39 p.m.
Johnson said Gallatin allegedly forced himself into a home where a domestic altercation took place, damaging property. He left before he was apprehended.
Later, Wake Forest officers patrolling the East End recognized Gallatin, who took off running when he saw police, according to Wake Forest police spokesman Bill Crabtree.
K9 Kyra tracked him down to the woods behind a home on Seventh Street. Gallatin was allegedly hiding behind a log.
According to the arrest report filed by Deputy T.L. Davis, Gallatin was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering, assault on a female, injury to real property and injury to personal property.
EMS was dispatched to the location in reference to a dog bite, but Crabtree said he knew nothing about it being related to the incident.
Delivery man robbed
LOUISBURG — A Wake Forest resident was reportedly the victim of an armed robbery at the intersection of Wilder’s Lane and N.C. 39 in Louisburg.
According to a report filed by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy W.H. Dillard Jr. the 44-year-old had just delivered a pizza at a home on Wilder’s Lane June 2 a little before 1 a.m. The victim was in his pickup truck stopped at a stop sign on N.C. 39 when the suspect approached.
The suspect allegedly held him at gunpoint, stealing his wallet with all of its contents, including cash from two deliveries.
The only description of the suspect was a black male in his 20s or 30s.
In an unrelated incident, Deputy K. Fisher reported someone was assaulted on Wilder’s Lane June 8 just before 2 a.m.
The victim claimed five black males jumped him and assaulted him. The victim had been drinking and couldn’t offer the identity of the suspects. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
YOUNGSVILLE — Two strangers exchanged verbal blows because one refused to recycle.
According to a report by Youngsville Assistant Chief M. Thomas, the incident began at the Youngsville waste site. One man was throwing away trash when someone came up and asked him to recycle if it could be.
According to the report, the first man replied he had been “putting trash in the trash dump for years and was not going to recycle a (expletive deleted) thing.” In the exchange, the other man said he “was what is wrong with the world today.” The two began cursing at each other and then the one who was initially throwing his trash away left.
However, he was pursued by the other to the CVS parking lot, where police were called. The stories both men told to police matched, however they declined to press charges, apologized to each other and went their separate ways.
Unlocked cars broken in
WAKE FOREST — With the weather warmer, unlocked cars are once again the targets for break-ins.
At least 15 reports were filed with police regarding multiple cars broken into last week.
Bill Crabtree, public information officer for Wake Forest, said he understood they were all unlocked.
Among the streets reportedly hit were three reports from Countryman Court, June 6;three from Lindenberg Square, two from Dansforeshire Way, two from Bramden Court, four from Song Sparrow Drive, one from Thorny Vine Court and one from Flaherty Avenue, all June 8.
Items stolen included clothes, an iPod, iPod touch, cellphone, a flashlight, iPod Shuffle, a purse, coins, checks, a Lenova Think Pad, cash, a handgun, a GPS, a wallet and a gas card.
Anyone with information should call the Wake Forest Police Department Tip Line at 919-435-9610. All calls are confidential.