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Armed Robbers Target Fast Food Restaurants

Posted January 25, 2008

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— A string of armed robberies targeted fast food restaurants and several other businesses in Durham over the past five nights.

Investigators were trying to determine if any of the 10 robberies were committed by the same people. Crime Stoppers offered a reward for information leading to arrests in the cases.

Police asked the public to call if they any information about the following robberies.

  • Jan. 20, 8:20 p.m. at Subway, 121 Sherron Road – A man entered the business, implied he had a gun and demanded money. The robber wore a white hooded sweatshirt and a blue bandanna over his face. He was described as a black man, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and 185 to 200 pounds.
  • Jan. 20, 11:22 p.m. at McDonald’s, 102 W. Morgan St. – Two men armed with guns entered the restaurant and robbed the business and employees. They forced workers into the freezer and fled on foot. The armed men wore dark clothing and bandannas over their faces.
  • Jan. 21, 9:56 p.m. at Burger King, 4829 Hope Valley Road – Two masked men wearing black clothing entered the Burger King and demanded money. They fled in a red vehicle, possibly an early 1990s model Toyota Celica. One robber was described as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds. The second robber was described as a black man, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds.
  • Jan. 22, 12:06 a.m. at Church’s Chicken, 2540 Fayetteville St. – Two men wearing black, hooded jackets confronted employees as they were leaving the business and forced them back inside. The men robbed the workers and the business, and then fled on foot. One robber was described as a black man, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 150 to 170 pounds. He was wearing red checked pajama pants. The second robber was described as 6 feet 3 inches tall and thin.
  • Jan. 23, 12:54 a.m. at McDonald’s on Tower Boulevard – Two men armed with guns forced the manager back into the business and fled with cash. Both were described as tall, thin black men. They wore black clothing and toboggans.
  • Jan. 23, 2:56 a.m. at Kangaroo Express, 106 East N.C. Highway 54 – A man armed with a gun robbed the cashier and fled. He was described as a black man, 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds. He wore a gray hooded top and a dark jacket.
  • Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. at Subway, 2526 Erwin Road – A man entered the business, pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money. He was described as a black male, 6 feet tall with a slim build. He was wore a navy blue hoodie.
  • Jan. 23, 10:46 p.m. at Subway, 5300 North Oxbow Road – A man wearing a hooded jacket entered the business and robbed it at gunpoint. The robber was described as a black man, 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build. He wore a black and blue hooded jacket with a yellow stripe on the hood and across the shoulders.
  • Jan. 24, 8:35 p.m. at Great Clips, 1827 Martin Luther King Blvd. – A man entered the business and demanded money. He implied that he had a gun, but no weapon was seen. He was described as a black man, 40 to 50 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 to 210 pounds. He had dark circles around his eyes and wore a black ball cap and a black jacket with lots of pockets.
  • Jan. 24, 10:04 p.m. at Bo jangles, 5425 S. Miami Blvd. – A man walked up to two women were in the drive-thru lane. He pointed a long gun at them and demanded their vehicle. The man fled in the women's black Hyundai Tucson. He wore a ski mask and dark clothing.

Anyone with information on any of these robberies was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Durham Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to arrests in the recent armed robberies. Callers never have to identify themselves.

These 10 robberies come on top of a police report Tuesday that stated Durham had already experienced 70 robberies and two murders. In January 2007, the city had one murder and 51 robberies.

One string of robberies, which police believe were connected, targeted Hispanic people.

On Thursday, police charged two young men for committing at least 17 robberies and the murder of a Duke University graduate student during one of them.

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