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Durham store owner shoots man during attempted robbery

Posted March 16, 2012

— A man who attempted to break into a Durham convenience store through a hole in the roof was arrested early Friday after being shot by the store owner, Durham police said. 

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. when Albert Lenhardt, 30, broke into the M&M Mini Mart, at 801 North Mangum St. According to authorities, Lenhardt left the store after being shot.

He was arrested a short time later on Gurley Street and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The store owner, Ayed Quzah, said he had been sleeping at his store since Wednesday after someone cut a hole in the roof, broke in and took cigarettes, toiletries and money.

Quzah, who was not expected to be charged in the incident, said he's owned and operated the store for 16 years.

Lenhardt was charged with breaking and entering in connection with Friday's incident. He was also arrested on warrants charging him with felony larceny, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, and communicating threats. He was in Durham County Jail Friday morning under a $7,500 bond.

The case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division. Anyone with information about either incident should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • fungod12000 Mar 16, 2012

    Wouldn't have gone to my place of business and waited in the dark with a loaded gun for the person to come back.
    So let him rob you blind, put you and your family out on the street for not having means to pay your bills?!?

  • ali817959 Mar 16, 2012

    "Then, people stole to get ahead or to feed their family. Today, people steal because it's fun. Neither are appropriate but times have indeed changed."

    They dont do it for fun. They do it to buy drugs which is worse!!!!!

  • Legally Here Mar 16, 2012

    If he was a better aim our tax dollars wouldnt be buying this crooks meals right now though

  • Legally Here Mar 16, 2012

    Justice served

  • delta29alpha Mar 16, 2012

    At the end of the day people will do what they feel they have to do to protect themselves and their property regardless of what you or I or anyone else thinks about it. I for one will never fault the guy for protecting himself and what is his. The only person who is to blame is the person who initiated the whole event by breaking into another mans property.

  • Bill of Rights Mar 16, 2012

    I guess Ezekiel would rather read a story about a shopkeeper getting robbed or assaulted after calling the police and sitting piously waiting for them to arrive. Sad.

  • redrubberball1 Mar 16, 2012

    "No amount of property or money is worth another human beings life."

    Tell the perps to stop risking their lives for it then.

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Mar 16, 2012

    "Justice served."

    Nothing to do with justice.

  • mhagwood Mar 16, 2012

    Give this guy a metal. You might want sharpen up you aim though

  • drnc Mar 16, 2012

    Justice served.