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Durham seeks help solving ATM robberies

Posted December 1, 2008

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— Police asked Monday for information about four late-night robberies during the last two months at the drive-through automated teller machine at the Bank of America branch at 4811 Hope Valley Road.

A man told police he pulled up to the ATM around 11:55 p.m. Saturday and as he was attempting to withdraw money, a man came from behind his vehicle, pointed a gun in his face and demanded money.

On Oct. 3, a woman had gotten money out of the ATM at 10:16 p.m. when a man approached her car, pointed a gun at her and took her money. He also forced her to get additional money from the ATM, police said.

On Nov. 8, a man was getting money from the ATM at 11:44 p.m. when a man approached his car, pointed a gun at him and took his money and his debit card.

On Nov. 14, a woman was depositing a check at the ATM at 12:36 a.m. when a man approached her, pointed a gun at her and demanded money.

Investigators said they believe the same man was responsible for all four robberies.

He was described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old and 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He usually wears a black hoodie and a bandanna over his face, police said.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Investigator W.T. Coghill of the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4583, extension 230, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • 68_polara Dec 2, 2008

    Atalost, True if ones first reaction to a threat is to be an idiot but believe it or not my self and others that I know who have cc permits aren't. I definitely wouldn't go to an atm at night unarmed and I'm also more then willing to hand over what ever money they ask for. But if my life or my loved ones life's are threatened the perp will have a very bad last few moments.

  • AtALost Dec 2, 2008

    It doesn't sound like these people were even thinking about the potential for crime or they would not have gone to the ATM that late. I worry about drive up ATMs in the middle of the day on the weekend. Even if they were card carrying NRA members, it's likely they'd still be robbed or dead since they were so unaware of their surroundings and it was dark.

  • meh2 Dec 2, 2008

    I am shocked - I thought Obama would stop all this nonsense.

  • showed up late Dec 2, 2008

    Citizens protecting themselves in accordance with NRA guidelines will stop this.

  • Stormy13 Dec 2, 2008

    "raider" I agree with you completely. Go to a grocery store and get "cash back", it's as simple as that! Otherwise, you are risking your life in this day and time.

  • raider Dec 2, 2008

    It looks like the message here is, "don't go to the ATM in the middle of the night". People!