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Suspect charged in Durham bomb threats

Posted November 22, 2010

— Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with robberies and bomb threats at two Durham businesses.

Jeffery Todd Brasher, 47, of Liberty Street in Durham, faces two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of communicating threats and one count of larceny of a motor vehicle.

They happened on Nov. 14 at Fast Food Mart, at 2947 Chapel Hill Road, and Nov. 16 at Friendly Jewelry and Pawn, at 2731 Chapel Hill Blvd.

Kammie Michael, a spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department, said Brasher was arrested Sunday in Greensboro after a bomb threat and robbery at a Borders bookstore there. He’s also accused of a similar crime Friday at a Bed Bath & Beyond in Greensboro.

In the Durham cases, witnesses told authorities in 911 calls that a man walked into the businesses, asked for money and threatened to blow up the stores if store employees did not cooperate.

In the pawn shop case, the robber told employees that he had cancer and needed money to make his house payment.

In that case, he also took the store manager’s Saturn Vue. Investigators recovered the vehicle Sunday in Durham, Michael said.


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  • davidbh61255 Nov 23, 2010

    atalost- His address gives it away, he is a wannabe!! If you were a local-yocal you would know this!!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Nov 23, 2010

    Glad they caught this loser!

  • tjhiggs68 Nov 23, 2010

    Exactly right @ atalost! He isnt dark enough..... lol lol

  • tjhiggs68 Nov 23, 2010

    Whatever the reason for this stupidity, he can NOT go around threatening peoples lives because he is having a hard time. We are all living in tough times and there is no way anyone should bring their issues upon others. People have to realize that if you commit the crime, be ready to reap the consequences of those actions. Hopefully this is the right guy and he can seek help, in every sense of the word!

  • tarheelfan3 Nov 23, 2010


  • dlk13ster Nov 23, 2010


    Even if people turn to crime because their hospital bills have added up, they can't work because of the injuries/illnesses they received, and they can't pay their over-inflated mortgage because their disability benefits were cut due to "fiscal austerity" campaigns?

    Honestly, I'm inclined to agree with you on almost every point you made. But personally, I try to look for the reasons behind actions, in addition to the actions themselves. Most criminals, I would agree, have other options that they could and SHOULD have explored first. But there are a few--that most unhappy few--who for whatever reason really do have no other options available to them.

    I don't condone their actions, regardless.

    But at least in a few instances, I can understand it, if nothing else.

  • dlk13ster Nov 23, 2010

    I wonder if the guy who claimed he had cancer actually had it. It'd be an unusual tactic for robbing a store, to be sure, but given that medical costs are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the US, I almost wouldn't be surprised if it was true.

    Regardless, I'm glad they caught whoever was responsible.

  • medcoder05 Nov 23, 2010

    Wish people would just grow up and stop trying to hurt others by robbering everyone and every whre. Get a job and make your own money. Stop trying to steal other people money. I dont have any kind of sympathy for criminals at all.

  • AtALost Nov 23, 2010

    Where are all the Durham bashers? Guess he doesn't look like the criminal most bashers are thinking of when they slam Durham.