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Robbers Pose as Law Enforcement Officers, Durham Police Say

Posted October 19, 2007

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— Several men pretended to be law enforcement officers in order to commit two robberies at apartment complexes in western Durham this week, police said.

A group of between three or five men in a dark-colored Honda Accord or Civic committed the robberies within two hours overnight Wednesday.

One man got out of the car and approached three males at Duke Villa Apartments, 1505 Duke University Road, around 11 p.m.

The robber, who was wearing a badge on a chain around his neck, told the men they matched the description of some shooting suspects. He patted the victims down, took their wallets and then fled in the sedan, which was occupied by three or four more people.

The second robbery occurred around 12:45 a.m. Thursday in a parking lot at Duke Manor Apartments, 311 S. LaSalle St.

The victims said two males pulled up and put a green light on the roof of their car.  The robbers ordered the two victims to get out of their vehicle and to put their hands on the hood to be searched for weapons.

Again, the thieves patted down the victims and stole items from them. The men then took off the green light off the car's roof and fled the scene with the headlights off.

A third person stayed inside the vehicle the entire time.

Police described one suspect as black male in his 20s, standing 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 165 and 175 pounds. He had shoulder-length cornrows and was wearing a white shirt and black pants.

The second suspect was described as a black male with short hair. The male who remained in the vehicle was wearing a dark shirt resembling a security uniform.

Durham police are also investigating a similar robbery that took place at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Juniper Street in the early hours of Sept. 22.

Two males in a dark blue Honda Accord pulled up the victim, and the passenger got out. He identified himself as a police officer and asked for the victim's identification. He then pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his wallet.

The suspect in that robbery is described as a heavyset black male wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call Investigator A.J. Simmons at 919-560-1020, ext. 226 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • richard2 Oct 20, 2007

    Green light means go.

  • sunbaby Oct 19, 2007

    I just wish they could read what everyone writes on here! FUNNY 2 ME!

  • Sea Chell Oct 19, 2007

    First of all, REAL POLICE cars have lights in there grill even if they aren't on top of the hood. Second, they are always BLUE, not GREEN!~ If you are unsure, tune on your harards and slow down until you get to a lighted area. Or call 911 to see if it's a REAL cop behind you. They can radio to see if a cop is in the area and behind you. BE SMART, don't be a VICTUM!~

  • Go Georgia Tech Oct 19, 2007

    The sad thing here is that there will be someone in Durham who is getting pulled over by a REAL OFFICER and will not stop. Then they will be facing REAL charges because of these boneheads.

  • vanhoosec Oct 19, 2007

    see this is what having no water does to people.. lol.

  • Gafan003 Oct 19, 2007

    Nice cornrows

  • ncmickey Oct 19, 2007

    I wouldnt pull over for a green light. I would drive to a very busy area. If it WAS a cop, real cars with lights will be there very soon!

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Oct 19, 2007

    I probably wouldn't have believed they were police either, but with the kind of nut cases out there I might not have wanted to argue the point. You never know what kind of weapon he might be carrying.

  • BUCKEYEnNC Oct 19, 2007

    Well my original post didn't make it past the censors, so I'll try to clean it up a bit. It's time that the citizens of Durham, Fayetteville and Rocky Mount refuse to accept this behavior! Civil rights activists need to stress personal responsibility instead of searching for victims!!!!

  • Gandalf The White Oct 19, 2007

    The really sad thing about this story is the real possibility an actual policeman could be confronted as a fake with very tragic results.