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stock image policeWilmington police are searching for a vehicle that struck a 4-year-old boy on a bike and then left the scene.

The child was riding his bike with his mother in the 400 block of Robert E. Lee Drive in the Pine Valley area just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, when a vehicle struck the child as he crossed the street, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

The vehicle, described as a gray or brown SUV, drove away from the scene headed west on Early Drive and then turned south onto Jeb Stuart Drive.

The child was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, Lindsay said. The investigation is ongoing.

Burger King employees pepper sprayed, locked inside cooler

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department are investigating an armed robbery at a Burger King early Thursday morning.

The robbery happened at the restaurant located at 805 S. College Road  at about 12:40 a.m. Thursday, Lindsay said. Three employees were leaving for the night when a black male suspect held them at gunpoint.

The suspect forced the employees into the walk-in cooler and then pepper sprayed the victims, Lindsay said. The suspect locked the employees inside, took cash from the restaurant and then left the store.

Arriving officers found the three employees inside the cooler, Lindsay said. EMS arrived on scene and treated the employees for the pepper spray exposure.

The suspect is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall. He wore all black clothing during the robbery, with a black hooded sweatshirt tied around his face. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.