Couple held at gunpoint, robbed in Durham home
Posted January 23
Durham, N.C. — Police are looking for two masked men who broke into a home on Cole Mill Road in Durham Monday night, tied up the couple living there and then stole several items.
According to a 911 call released Thursday afternoon, the homeowner said his wife was taking out the trash around 8 p.m. when the men, armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a rifle, forced her back into the house, tied her and him with duct tape, stole several items – including jewelry, money and a cellphone – and then fled in the couple's white 2003 GMC Envoy.
According to neighbors, the thieves put a gun to the woman’s head. They also said that the thieves might have mistakenly targeted the home. In the 911 call, the homeowner said the men mentioned a safe but said he doesn't have a safe in his home.
Police, however, aren't releasing much information about who they are looking for – they only have a vague description of the men – or a possible motive.
Residents in the Waterford neighborhood, like Jim Lyon, say they are hopeful the crime was an isolated event.
"I would hope it's a random situation, not something that would be repeated," Lyon said. "But we live in those times, unfortunately."
Lyon and other neighbors say it's usually quiet in the area and that it's always been safe.
"It' just a great place to live," Lyon said.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.