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Suspect sought after bomb threat at Durham pawn shop

Posted November 16, 2010

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— Police shut down streets around a Durham pawn shop for several hours Tuesday after a man walked into the store, claiming he had a bomb.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad determined that the device left inside Friendly Jewelry and Pawn, at 2731 Chapel Hill Blvd., was not a bomb or an explosive device, Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

The pawn shop is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification and capture of a suspect, the store’s manager, Effie Hayes, said in a statement.

The suspect, described as a tall, white man with a large build, fled in an employee’s 2006 white Saturn Vue. He had a shaved head and was wearing glasses and a mask.

Investigators say they are looking at whether the case is connected to a robbery at a convenience store robbery Sunday night.

A man matching a similar description entered the Fast Food Mart, at 2947 Chapel Hill Road shortly before 7 p.m., placed a backpack on the counter and told employees that it contained a bomb.

Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4583 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • seankelly15 Nov 17, 2010

    BubbaDukeforPresident - Do me a favor, stay out of Durham. We have enough riff-raff as it is.

  • seankelly15 Nov 17, 2010

    US VET - Do you live in Durham?

  • US VET Nov 16, 2010

    When you look at how bad a city is , don't just look at the cime stats. Durham is one of the highest crime in the state, but also consider the elected officials. durham has elected the most incompetent leaders in the state. They are making the most stupid resolutions ever heard of. This is why durham is a really bad place.

  • White E Nov 16, 2010

    Did he want to pawn it or sell it?

  • MitziGaynor Nov 16, 2010

    @BubbaDukeforPresident: And to add to what you said. When I moved from Raleigh to Durham, my car insurance went up $100 a year because of the crime statistice. We have also been having several home invasions in our subdivision (just one last week) that never seems to make the news, 2 men in a shoot out. Crime is Crime, but Durham gets the gold star for the most.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Nov 16, 2010

    What's the point in bombing a pawn shop???
    November 16, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    If you wanted something from a pawn shop, it would probably be weapons. The media didn't tell us if the thief took anything.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Nov 16, 2010

    "@I am.. Durham isn't as bad as they make it out to be, my friend. Raleigh has more violent crime than Durham, but Durham is always made out to be sooo bad. Crime is crime."

    Durham is ahead of the national average for murders, forcible rapes, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and larceny. Perhaps if they didn't provide sanctuary for illegals Durham might actually be a normal place to live and work.

    But back to your claim: Raleigh is below the national average for violent crimes like murder and forcible rape. It's also lower in car theft and arson. The bottom line is that I'd rather be stranded in Raleigh than in Durham. My odds of surviving are higher where the police don't coddle criminals.

  • Crucialcobversations Nov 16, 2010

    What are pawn shops loaning on bombs these days anyway??
    I wonder if the clerk offered him too little for it?

    Clerk: "I BELEIVE YOU!"

  • BigUNCFan Nov 16, 2010

    Another ideeot we will need to clothe and feed in prison. Aparently the real spelling of the word is flagged by the censor. go figure. I never knew that was offensive.

  • I am not who you think I am Nov 16, 2010

    jonesd02...wife works at the courthouse 3 days a week. She and I have seen the "best" that Durham has to offer. Durham's crime rate compares to Detroits per capita. Raleigh's police chief didn't have his car shot up in a drive by...it happened in Durham while they were holding a conference on gang violence.

    Raleigh isn't good but per capita Durham is a worse