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Man linked to robbery attempts in Raleigh, Durham

Posted January 10

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— Raleigh police on Sunday linked the robberies of three businesses to a man arrested for the same crime in Durham Saturday morning.

Michael Hugh Wood, 45, faces a single charge of common law robbery in connection with the robbery of a bank on North Roxboro Street in Durham and charges of attempted common law robbery in connection with crimes Tuesday evening at Raleigh's Brier Creek shopping area.

Police say Wood tried to unsuccessfully to rob three stores the Oreck Vacuum store, at 8321 Brier Creek Parkway, the Subway restaurant, at 7850 Alexander Promenade, and the Plato’s Closet, at 7920 Skyland Ridge Parkway.

In each location, a man implied that he had a weapon and asked employees for money. At his last stop, an employee of Plato's Closet said he was frightened off when she pushed a panic button to summon police.

The employee, who did not want to be identified, said she was not frightened during the incident. She described the man as seeming desperate man and down on his luck.

After Durham police arrested Wood on Saturday night, he complained of a medical issue and was taken to Duke Hospital. Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Wood would be served with Raleigh's arrest warrants once he is released from the hospital and booked into the Durham County Jail.


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  • Janet Ghumri Jan 11, 2016
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    Allow me to preface that I'm glad no one was injured during the 3 attempted robberies, Friday evening, as well as the successful bank robbery on Saturday.
    I just find it a little odd that he indicated that he had a weapon during the 3 attempts, but he didn't end up with any money. What did they say, "no, we won't let you rob us !! Go try somewhere else!"? He must have worked on his technique over Friday night, so he could be more convincing by Saturday mornings "bank job".
    Obviously there is more to this story. When it was first reported, I thought it must have been a kid, or a junkie. He even ran off into the woods according to the initial report.
    Sounds like the hospital may be the best place for him.

  • Al Carson Jan 11, 2016
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    Keep waiting, Anne.

  • James Scandrick Jan 11, 2016
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    Anne, you won't see it. The ppl you are looking for, never ever, recognize their own. They initially didn't even want to put race on the jewelry thief in Mebane. It's like, 'if we don't talk about it, it's not happening."

  • Anne Havisham Jan 10, 2016
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    I'm waiting for all the thinly veiled racist ugliness about how it's so surprising that crime takes place in Durham, and that this man is just useless, lazy, and most probably congenitally stupid, because "those people" have been given so much since birth and still insist on stealing to support themselves.

    I'll probably wait a long time to read that here.

    I don't know this man, and I don't believe that he deserves such unkindness.

    Regardless of the age, ethnicity, or appearance of the (alleged) criminal, I think we'd do better to seek rehabilitation for most people than to jump to punishment and revenge.

  • Kathleen Newberg Jan 10, 2016
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    He needs a job and housing.