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Armed man robs credit union in Durham

Posted November 6, 2012

— Durham police are looking for a man who robbed a credit union at gunpoint Tuesday morning.

Witnesses said the armed man entered the Vision Financial Federal Credit Union, at 214 Pacific Ave., about 8:15 a.m. and demanded money. He stole an undisclosed amount before running out.

The man was described as black, in his late teens or early 20s with a distinctive gait. He was about 6 feet tall and slender, wearing a hoodie, a knit cap, a dark shirt, gloves and gray pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4582, ext. 29247, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward for information leading to an arrest, and callers can remain confidential.


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  • ncmickey Nov 8, 2012

    The door in and the door out have separate glass cubes.

  • ncmickey Nov 8, 2012

    The bank I do business in has this system. Its brilliant. When you walk in the outside door you are in a glass cube. You walk to next door,2 steps maybe, and there is another glass door into the bank lobby. It is locked and there is a red light The door behind you that you just used to enter the bank closes and then a green light comes on and the door is unlocked. You walk into bank.
    On the way out, the inner door is unlocked. You open and walk into the cube. The door to outside is locked. You wait for door behind you to close then the outside door unlocks and you leave.
    Its obvious when you walk it what its intent is. If you still rob the bank, you would be pretty dumb...

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Nov 7, 2012

    "Does anyone besides me follow what twoods7 is saying? He clearly states that the person would be stuck in the area BETWEEN the bank's lobby area and the front (or side) doors."

    So what happens if another customer is entering the bank the same time the robber is exiting and gets stuck in the glass cage? Hostage situation.

  • pappybigtuna1 Nov 6, 2012

    gee wizz, durham is getting all the news coverage, robberies, shootings, scandels. While the rest of the state just tries to live life.

  • North Johnston Resident Nov 6, 2012

    Well, most robbers don't announce themselves as such on the way in...the idea is to stop them on the way out provided it doesn't turn into a hostage situation. thanks Scubagirl for at least trying to see it as something other than negative. It's not like what is posted is going to make it work anyway.

  • Barfly Nov 6, 2012

    In Durham, a distinctive gait might as well be an actual gate. Durham residents are looking for a brother with unusal facial hair.

  • junkmail5 Nov 6, 2012

    The only way the system can work is if the door acts as an airlock- that is, you can not, ever, open more than one pair of doors at once. The exterior doors won't open unless the interior doors are closed.

    At that point the teller would have a much wider window of opportunity to engage the system to keep someone locked in... but means everyone in or out gets to stand and wait for the other doors to close to get in or out of the entryway. And they'd still need to be pretty heavy to stop a robber shooting his way out.

    Which will have the likely effect of people taking their business to banks with less annoying doors.... which is probably why you don't see a system like that in most banks.

    I suppose in ones that get robbed repeatedly it might be worth the hassle to every single person that every enters or exits the bank, but for most banks, not so much.

  • Scubagirl Nov 6, 2012

    ".he has a good idea.
    North Johnston Resident"

    and I do agree it's a good idea, just trying to understand it practically.

  • Scubagirl Nov 6, 2012

    so my question to twoods7, after reading your posts & explanations is this: You system sounds good in theory BUT most robbers don't announce themselves from the entryway so I can't picture how this would work in practice. Say a robber comes in thru BOTH outer & inner glass/bullet-proof doors and is in bank proper-pulls whatever and demands money.....He's IN the bank, not between the doors, so other than when he's leaving I don't see this as working. Plus many times those doors don't close quick enough to lock the outer then the inner after robber has passed thru on way out. Not trying to be dense here, but don't get how it would really work.

  • shokkou Nov 6, 2012

    I still don't understand how it would work. What if the crook is standing at the counter in front of the teller and pulls a gun? Is this glass partition going to drop down out of the ceiling and trap the perp in a little glass cage? Because unless the crook walks in with a sign that says "BANKROBBER!!!" how will anybody know to "lock" him/her in between the set of doors?? Or are you assuming that the robber, once he/she gets the cash, will go back out and THEN the teller will trap the crook? AFTER the fact. ???