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Police: Robbers targeting people in bank parking lots

Posted April 16, 2013

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— 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.

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  • 68_dodge_polara Apr 22, 2013

    Use the drive-through, if they don't have one drive to a branch that does.

  • KittenClaws Apr 18, 2013

    "I worked in a bank for years, it takes forever to count these things, and if it's a Monday, they person has at least 3 bags, if not 10. This keeps all the other customers waiting, and creates bad business."

    Hmmm...So a business chooses the bank you worked for to do their banking. Due to their business doing a good business over the weekend and has lots of money to deposit in the bank you have a job at, it creates bad business? How about it keeps people like you working? How about you had a job to do that you got paid for? How about due to that business customer, your employer gets to stay in business?

    OK totaly off topic comment but that got me going!

  • autismawareness Apr 17, 2013

    people still have to go into banks?

  • ABM Apr 17, 2013

    Maybe it's the bank trying to deter the customer from bringing the bag in, and dropping it in the drop box. I worked in a bank for years, it takes forever to count these things, and if it's a Monday, they person has at least 3 bags, if not 10. This keeps all the other customers waiting, and creates bad business. On top of all that, the money in the bag never adds up to what is on the deposit slip... LOL

  • ncmickey Apr 17, 2013

    I'd rather be in a shark tank with a bloody chicken in my pocket than in a parking lot in Durham with a bank bag in my car.
    atheistswillrule

    Deal. When can we arrange this? I'll bring the bloody chicken directions to the nearst shark tank...and you bring the bank bag, full of course

  • atheistswillrule Apr 17, 2013

    I'd rather be in a shark tank with a bloody chicken in my pocket than in a parking lot in Durham with a bank bag in my car.

  • lopo Apr 17, 2013

    Problem is the ability of defending yourself. Every criminal out their knows it is illegal to carry a legal concealed weapon into a bank. Us law abiding citzens get the wrong end of the stick everytime.

  • ginny159 Apr 17, 2013

    "You're in a bank parking lot. You're in Durham. There's your sign.
    pinehorse
    April 16, 2013 6:09 p.m."

    How about, you live outside of Durham, in a bubble, and think everywhere in Durham is a gang/crime ridden infestation....there's YOUR sign--to wake up and stop being ignorant.

  • jsok123 Apr 16, 2013

    They needed some quick drug money

  • justincaseur2 Apr 16, 2013

    Well I can say that if they try to rob me at a bank they will get shot. When I carry money I also carry my permitted weapon. Self defense, it's the only way to play.

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