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Durham man wakes to sound of robbers in his house

Posted August 15, 2013

— The Durham County Sheriff’s Office is searching for men who broke into a man’s home while he was sleeping and held him at gunpoint while they stole valuables.

The man called 911 from a neighbor’s house after the robbers fled his home in the 3000 block of Olde Coach Road in Durham. He told deputies he was sleeping upstairs when he awoke about 9:15 a.m. to the sound of something crashing downstairs.

A man armed with a pistol came into his bedroom and held him at gunpoint while at least two others searched the home. Police said the robbers left minutes later with several electronics and the victim’s cellphone. They fled in a silver sedan.

Investigators said they believe the crime was random and the suspects thought nobody was home.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 919-560-0880 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to an arrest, and callers may remain confidential.


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  • KittenClaws Aug 20, 2013

    Basic, wireless battery-powered motion detectors have gotten dirt cheap in the past few years. I have an alert that goes off inside my house if someone approaches the front door or the back door. You want to know that someone's about *before* they get inside, not after. That way you have plenty of time to grab your 12 gauge, call 911 (or not) and then be ready to welcome your guests.

    Yes, it's not just about having a weapon inside the house. There's more than one way to skin a cat.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 19, 2013

    @Gidder Dun said, "A gun would solve this problem instantly....."

    Did you miss the part about a gun making this problem possible?

  • lwe1967 Aug 16, 2013

    I hope that they catch these low lifes. I am glad that the man was not injured.

  • Gidder Dun Aug 15, 2013

    A gun would solve this problem instantly.....

  • Justic4All Aug 15, 2013

    Unbroken, I'm not scared, I carry. I do agree with all the others regarding PJM though. He needs to rethink the situation and get a real grip on reality. He is the kind that makes law abiding citizens look bad. I can see him waving his pistol around like it makes him somebody. If that is what he thinks, he should become LE.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Aug 15, 2013

    Do they not give race anymore? Ah, are we looking for a Mexican, Indian, Italian, white, black person?

    I heard race is no longer being given. I actually believe this, because on WTVD, they don't give race anymore, either. THEY SHOULD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Phyxius1 Aug 15, 2013

    I love how the blame of it being in Durham as the main cause has already come into play in a few posts..Didn't the same thing happen in a handful of other counties in the last month or so?? Wake up people and see its not a Durham issue but a state wide issue even more..

  • InTheNo Aug 15, 2013

    Can we get a description of the armed robbers, not just the car, so we can be on the lookout to provide information?

  • Offshore Aug 15, 2013

    I am all for armed self-defense, but it's not trivial.

    Agree completely with your statement.

  • Offshore Aug 15, 2013

    Old Hob
    We should enact much stricter gun laws, like the ones in Chicago...now THEY know how to control gun violence!

    Like Detroit & NYC too!! AAhhahahahahaha, wake up foolish ones.