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Durham police searching for men responsible for multiple robberies

Posted October 14, 2015

Authorities released surveillance video Wednesday of two men captured inside a Tobacco Plus Mini Mart at 2017 Chapel Hill Road on Oct. 7. Police said that the two men entered the store just before 10 p.m. and robbed the clerks at gunpoint.
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— Durham police are asking for help in identifying two men that they believe are responsible for a string of crimes in Durham and Wake County.

Authorities released surveillance video Wednesday of two men captured inside a Tobacco Plus Mini Mart at 2017 Chapel Hill Road on Oct. 7. Police said that the two men entered the store just before 10 p.m. and robbed the clerks at gunpoint. One man fired shots as they left the store, but nobody was injured, police said.

Durham police believe that the two men who were captured on camera are also responsible for three other crimes that occurred on Oct. 7.

At about 7:30 p.m., a woman was taking out her trash on the 1500 block of South Roxboro Street when two men in a small, white car pulled up next to her, got out and robbed her at gunpoint of her phone, cigarettes and other items, police said.

A half hour later, a woman was getting out of her car in a parking lot on the 3700 block of Southwest Durham Drive when a small, white car pulled up behind her. Two men robbed her at gunpoint of her purse and then told her to lie on the ground, police said.

Later that night, a woman who was in a parked car in the parking lot of a Hardees at 2721 Chapel Hill Road reported that a man who was armed with a gun tapped on her window. She blew her horn, scaring the man away, and he and another man fled in a small, white car, she told police.

Following the incident at Hardees, officers spotted a small, white car on University Drive and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop and a chase ensued until the car stopped near Old Chapel Hill Road and Scottish Lane, where two men got out of the car and fled.

The white car, which had been reported stolen in Garner earlier that day, had several stolen items and guns inside, said police.

Anybody with information about the identities of the two men is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4583 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • Ray Lee Smythe Oct 15, 2015
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    NC will just slap them on the wrist and let them out early.

  • Norman Lewis Oct 15, 2015
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    Yahhhay gun control laws. Let us pass more laws against crime. Only effective against law abiding citizens, who don't usually commit crimes. How about we pass more laws against gun related crime?, that will solve all our problems, right? Has not worked yet but all the liberals are hopeful. I know, lets ban all private ownership of firearms, that surely will keep us safe ? Of course I am being sarcastic. The point of this argument is that most liberals or as I like to say, mushy headed, magical thinking, children, like to say is that all laws against crime will stop the forbidden behavior and all realists such as myself know only the threat of force will stop criminal activity. The Second Amendment to the Constitution was meant to protect the public against a tyrannical Government not specifically against criminals. The distinction between criminals and our so called government has admittedly become blurred in the past 7 years.

  • John Malcholm Oct 14, 2015
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    Someone's racking up a very very long stay in the big house.