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Man arrested in Durham Christmas tree lot robberies

Posted December 22, 2016

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— Durham police have arrested a man wanted in connection with robberies at three Christmas tree lots during a two day period.

Authorities said Howard Zelodis McBroom, 48, is charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of felony conspiracy in connection with the three incidents.

Police said that on Dec. 10, two men armed with a knife and a gun robbed employees at a lot on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard and took a cash box, phone and iPad.

On Dec. 11, a man armed with a screwdriver took cash from an employee at a lot on Vivian Street and, later that day, a man armed with a knife attempted to rob employees at a tree lot on West Club Boulevard, but the employees had no cash.

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