Police: Robbers targeting people in bank parking lots
Posted April 16, 2013
Durham, N.C. — Police said Tuesday that someone tried to rob three people in Wells Fargo Bank parking lots in Durham within eight days.
The first robbery attempt occurred on April 8 outside the Wells Fargo branch at 3600 N. Duke St. A man tried to grab a deposit bag from a woman as she got out of her car. The robber knocked the woman to the ground but fled without the bag when three bystanders went to help the woman, police said.
Four days later, a man tried to grab a deposit bag from a woman at the same Wells Fargo branch, but he fled when she screamed and tossed the bag inside the bank, police said.
On Monday, a man tried to grab a deposit bag from a man outside the Wells Fargo branch at 2821 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. The robber kicked the man in the shin and punched him in the face several times but fled when the man refused to give up the bag, police said.
In all three cases, the robber was described as a tall, thin black man in his 20s, 30s or early 40s. He used a different car to flee the area after each robbery, police said.
Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4582, extension 29240, or 919-560-4281, extension 29238 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.
Police advised people to go in pairs to make bank deposits, be aware of their surroundings when headed to a bank and to try to conceal a deposit bag as much as possible.