Man arrested after hot dog stand robbery, bomb hoax

Joseph Bradshaw

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A man has been arrested in an armed robbery and bomb hoax at Warrens Hot Dogs in Greenville earlier in the month.

Joseph Norman Bradshaw, 63, has been charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony hoax by false bomb.

On January 3, Greenville police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Warrens Hot Dogs, located at 1938 North Memorial Drive.

Officers said Bradshaw entered the business, placed what appeared to be an explosive device on the counter, demanded money and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Greenville police secured the scene, and with the assistance of GPD explosive detection dog, Nitro, were quickly able to determine the device the suspect placed on the counter was not a real bomb and there was no further threat.

Detectives said they were able to identify Bradshaw through store surveillance footage. Warrants were obtained for Bradshaw’s arrest on January 4.

He was located and arrested on Stantonsburg Road in Greenville Friday afternoon, officers said.

Bradshaw was booked in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Police are investigating an armed robbery at Warrens Hot Dogs.

It happened just before noon Tuesday at the restaurant located on North Memorial Drive in Greenville.

The suspect in the incident is accused of placing what was believed to be an explosive device on the counter and demanding money. The man then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Greenville Police secured the scene and quickly determined with the help of GPD explosive detection dog Nitro that the device in question wasn’t a real bomb. They’re also in the process of gathering store surveillance footage.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the suspect and/or incident is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department, (252) 329-4315 or Crime Stoppers (252)758-7777.

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