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Durham man charged in thefts days after release from jail

Posted April 28, 2011

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— Durham police charged a man in a string of store robberies that began two days after he finished a jail term on larceny convictions.

Officer K.L. Geyer arrested Mark Edward Hambric Jr., 26, of Oakridge Boulevard, late Wednesday on University Drive while investigating a report of a suspicious person at Chapel Hill Boulevard and Legion Avenue.

Hambric faces common-law robbery and felony larceny charges in connection with five thefts from gas station convenience stores between April 19 and 27. Investigators said that in all cases, a man entered the store, pretended to buy something and then took money from the cash register.

He was charged in the following robberies:

  • April 19 at BP/Family Fare, 1251 University Drive
  • April 26 at 11:24 p.m. at BP convenience store, 4525 Chapel Hill Blvd.
  • April 27 at 3:35 a.m. at Exxon, 3321 N.C. Highway 55
  • April 27 at 9:19 a.m. at Circle K, 100 Woodcroft Parkway
  • April 27 at Kangaroo store, 106 N.C Highway 54 East

Hambric was released from jail on April 17, according to state Department of Correction records.

Police said they arrested Hambric last October in connection with a three-week robbery spree at 11 convenience stores, drug stores and restaurants.

DOC records show that he was convicted in March of 10 felony counts of larceny from a person. He served one month in jail and was put on probation.

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  • twc Apr 28, 2011

    JordanvsByrd, the billions we are spending already on other nations could be used in our country to reach some of these criminals before they take this route.

    We sacrifice our own children to adopt and nurture other nation's children.

    As one politician has said, it's time we start realizing some benefit from our status as a world power! It can't be give all the time.

  • nogade Apr 28, 2011

    Like this is a suprise! Was there anything else expected?? 90 percent of the people arrested now have a criminal sheet with a list of priors or have just been released from jail/prison within the last two years. The Wake County arrests photo's tells alot of the story!

  • pinkiglock Apr 28, 2011

    We get what we are willing to accept....

  • lolly Apr 28, 2011

    "The catch and release program, its good for fishing,not for criminals."

    Well said Mike!

  • lolly Apr 28, 2011

    "DOC records show that he was convicted in March of 10 felony counts of larceny from a person. He served one month in jail and was put on probation."

    Having learned that our courts and prisons are toothless, he went back to his old, felonious way. Makes sense to me.

  • Peachtree Apr 28, 2011

    One month in jail for all he did? What in the world is going on with the NC judicial system?

  • jennylock2004 Apr 28, 2011

    obviously he laughs in the face of justice

  • JordanvsBird Apr 28, 2011

    What judge gave him just one month in jail for robbing 11 businesses? I count 16 total instances of robbery, with a jail stay in between. I'd say this is an excellent candidate for a longer habitual offender prison term. Better yet, can we just deport him to Iran, Syria or North Korea and save $40,000 a year.

  • mike honcho Apr 28, 2011

    The catch and release program, its good for fishing,not for criminals.

  • shadow315 Apr 28, 2011

    The prison system failed 50yrs ago.

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