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Durham police decoy vehicle set on fire

Posted September 21, 2014

A Durham police car (in the foreground) was set on fire early Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at 3000 Old Trail Drive.

— A Durham police vehicle was set on fire early Sunday, and police are searching for who was responsible.

The empty vehicle was sitting at 3000 Old Trail Drive and was being used as a decoy to prevent break-ins in the area, according to police.

The fire was discovered around 4 a.m. No other information was released.


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  • TJ Wahoo Sep 22, 2014
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    Maybe what they need is darked tinted glass so we wouldn't know if there was someone inside and if that fails they can use a blow up dummy.

  • Bullcity34 Sep 22, 2014

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    Haha hahaha good one

  • Duff Dry Sep 22, 2014

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    I blame the robots, mainly.

  • Ginger Lynn Sep 22, 2014
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    This occured in Treyburn, an upscale neighborhood very far north. 400k plus, many doctors and lawyers up there. I bet it was rich kids with too much time on their hands

  • VickLo Sep 22, 2014

    Well... I know I don't leave my car in a questionable hood... But if I did, would it be all over the news? Not!

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 22, 2014

    I know Treyburn used to have a paid security guard patrol Treyburn. Is this no longer the case?

  • Classified Sep 22, 2014

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  • Andrew Bell Sep 22, 2014
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    Police decoy cars seem like a cop out to me........

  • jackaroe123 Sep 22, 2014

    There's a regular decoy car on my commute, and it does cause people to slow down, so there is precedence for using decoy cars effectively. Parking a car is cheaper than having someone sit in it for hours on end.

    I don't think one torched car means decoy cars are forever after pointless.

    I don't know the exact neighborhood this occurred in, but it's a lot further to the North than where you'd predict most of Durham's crime is concentrated.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 22, 2014

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    That made my morning. Thank you.