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Durham seeks help to solve ATM robberies

Posted November 21, 2008

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— Police asked Friday for information about three 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 woman had gotten money out of the ATM at 10:16 p.m. on Oct. 3 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.

Last Friday, 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 three 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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  • iron fist Nov 21, 2008

    Left hand getting money from atm, firing with right hand through door

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 21, 2008

    "showed up late", yeah a dumb NRA member would be dead. The article says this guy walks up with gun drawn, pointing it at the person. Would you take that chance? For a couple hundred bucks? And, you'd probably lose your gun too... "Now hand it over reeeaaallll slow now..."

  • HappyGirl08 Nov 21, 2008

    Well, while this is terrible I have to ask the obvious....why in the world were these people out so late at an atm?? Its not safe and so its not a good idea. I am guessing they have all figured that out now though.

  • showed up late Nov 21, 2008

    Man, this dude better hope he does not attempt this when an NRA memeber is at the ATM.

  • anneonymousone Nov 21, 2008

    From looking at the picture, I'd guess he's 15-25. When he's caught, he may serve that, too.

  • durham_nc Nov 21, 2008

    "Common sense rules everytime, Don't go after dark"

    Ahh... I wish we could all stay home when it is dark. For most of us this time of year it is dark when we leave for work in the morning and dark when we drive home in the evening.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 21, 2008

    So, 24 hour ATMs should only be used during "certain" hours? What about dusk? Or during an eclipse? Or on gray, rainy day? What if it's inside a store or mall, but it's dark outside? :-P

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 21, 2008

    tooblessed, even though I sometimes go to ATM's after dark, I totally agree with your statement.

  • tooblessed Nov 21, 2008

    Common sense rules everytime, Don't go after dark