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Durham clerk pepper-sprayed during robbery

Posted June 24, 2011

— Two men put pepper spray on a female clerk who confronted them while they were robbing a cellphone store last Friday, Durham police said Thursday.

The men came into Hello Wireless, 1213 University Drive, around 1:30 p.m. on June 17 and asked to see a phone, police said. When the clerk returned with the phone, she found one man taking money from the cash register.

The clerk confronted him, then the second man pepper-sprayed her, police said. The duo then ran from the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police described one man as black, about 40 years old, wearing blue jeans and a white shirt.

The second man was described as black, with a dark complexion and in his mid 40s. Police said he was wearing blue jeans, a blue ball cap and a white and blue striped, collared shirt.

Anyone with information about the men's identities is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4415, extension 29312, or Crime Stoppers at 919-638-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve crimes.


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  • turdferguson Jun 24, 2011

    I think it's a hate crime...these two individuals clearly hate working for a living and adhering to the same laws as the rest of us.

  • cbhopper122859 Jun 24, 2011

    Why carry a gun. If you shoot them you go to jail.Just ask the pharmacist in Oklahoma.When you get liberals on a jury you are toast.So the best thing is let them have it, unless you want jail time.

  • workingforthosethatwont Jun 24, 2011

    They don't want to work, they just want to take what belongs to someone else.
    I think store clerks should start carrying firearms to protect themselves. I wouldn't have a problem with them killing a few.

  • snshine62d Jun 24, 2011

    Ok, two black males in their 40's. That's a huge part of the population isn't it? They need to give a better description than that. Maybe a close up of the photos?

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Jun 24, 2011

    This is a dag 'um shame. I hope that they are caught.

  • wildcat Jun 24, 2011

    The pictures shown was not very good!!

  • wildcat Jun 24, 2011

    When the clerk returned with the phone, she found one man taking money from the cash register.

    She should never left the register wide open and it should not have been that easy for a criminal to pop open. I do hope the clerk will be OK. The owner needs to make sure his/her employees are safe when working. Were there any cameras?

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 24, 2011

    I guess they are now releasing the store that they don't have a clue who these crooks are.

  • djcgriffin Jun 24, 2011

    It says the incident happened on June 17, is there a reason why the police didn't turn the information over to the media until now?

  • YNCSW51 Jun 24, 2011

    What a shame. I hope the clerk will be okay.