Greenville Police ID suspect in "Offer Up" armed robbery

Eric Hopkins Jr. (Photo Courtesy Greenville Police)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Greenville Police are using the latest incident of an armed robbery involving a supposed sale of good via a mobile app to warn the public about how to make such transaction safely.

They are also on the lookout for the suspect -- who has been identified but not caught.

Greenville Police spokesperson Kristen Hunter says 17-year-old Eric Hopkins Jr. lured a man to 2236 Bellamy Circle on Tuesday morning through the mobile sales app "Offer Up." Hunter said Hopkins robbed the man at gunpoint of his wallet, phone and car keys.

Thomas was last seen heading in the direction of Kitrell Towers. He is wanted on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and obtaining property by false pretense.

Anyone with information on Thomas' whereabouts is asked to call GPD at (252) 329-4315 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 758-7777. A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered in the case for information leading to an arrest.

Additionally, Hunter said there are three safe meet-up spots for in-person transactions: at the department's East (3195 E. 10th Street, Suite A), West (1024 W. 5th Street), and South-Zone (728 SW Greenville Boulevard) substations. Those stations have lobbies open for online barters and exchanges during normal business hours and the facilities are under 24-hour video surveillance.