2 arrested for armed robbery at Charlotte sweepstakes parlor

Wesley Banks (left) and Vernon Glenn


by NewsChannel 36 Staff


Posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 1:33 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police said two men were caught hiding in a Charlotte hotel room after robbing a sweepstakes parlor at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon.

Vernon Tyree Glenn, 21, and Wesley Banks, 18, were taken into custody for allegedly robbing the Saints and Sinners Internet Cafe around 12:30 p.m. off Old Pineville Road.

Glenn pointed a gun at an employee inside the business and demanded money while Banks gathered up the cash before the two left the scene, police said.

Police said the men drove away and dumped their orange Dodge Neon getaway car at the Roadway Inn off Clanton Road.

"Soon thereafter the suspects jumped and ran from the vehicle," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Sgt. Brian Scharf.

Officers said they found out what hotel room the two men ran into and then took them into custody.  A handgun was found inside the Dodge Neon.

Glenn and Banks admitted their involvment in the robbery at police headquarters, police said, and Glenn also admitted he was behind the Stateline Sweepstakes robbery at 400 Westinghouse Boulevard on July 11.  A second suspect related to that incident has not been identified.

Internet café’s are an attractive target for robbers because they are a cash business, but investigators said these crimes are not on the rise. Fortunately nobody was hurt, officials said.

"We've never had anybody hurt in an internet sweepstakes place.  It’s very rare we have anybody hurt in a business robbery.  Certainly these businesses do present some issues as far as money practices and things," noted Sgt. Scharf.

Glenn is charged with two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.  Banks is charged with one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.