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Couple held at gunpoint, robbed in Durham home

Posted January 23, 2014

— 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.


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  • geraniumposey Jan 24, 2014

    Something like this happened in Cary or Raleigh months ago. The man was outside washing his car, or something, and a man walked up and demanded the resident open his safe. I wonder if the felons just assume all working people who have a decent house do have a safe. They might be just assuming--it seems to be a trend with these criminals.

  • 45ACP Jan 24, 2014

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    Just as many times as you hear it in Raleigh.....

  • btneast Jan 24, 2014

    [bBut it may make some think before doing this. ][/b] Unfortunately, the folks that do this kind of stuff aren't big thinkers.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 24, 2014

    Sadly tougher laws and pentality won't stop this type of crime. But it may make some think before doing this. Breaking into someone home, while they are there , should be right up there with murder. If you can't be safe in your own home, then yes it's time to lock them away for life.

  • btneast Jan 24, 2014

    Cole Mill Rd is in an area where people fled to years ago to escape the downtown and East Durham crime. It is, or has been, one of the few areas that I would say has less crime than normal Durham.

  • Glock07 Jan 24, 2014

    We live in a very dangerous society. Get yourselves armed and prepared. The folks coming to rob you have.

  • ncprr1 Jan 24, 2014

    Protect yourself everyone...Get a gun. Otherwise, you are at the mercy of these criminals who all have them.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 24, 2014

    How many times a month in Durham do we: have a carjacking, drug deal gone bad. armed robbery, random shooting on the street, physical assault, home invasion, etc., etc.

    At some point, they've got to QUIT saying, "..its a safe neighborhood." No... Its NOT!