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Police searching for 'early morning burglar' after string of home invasions

Posted August 7

Police are trying to identify a man who has been accused of using stolen credit cards during a string of burglaries in southwestern Durham.

— Police are trying to identify a man who has been accused of using stolen credit cards during a string of burglaries in southwestern Durham.

Officials said the suspect was using credit cards stolen during a burglary on Five Oaks Drive on July 21. Other burglaries have been reported on Fortunes Ridge Drive, Bloomsbury Court, Five Oaks Drive, Beechnut Lane and Cottage Woods Court.

The burglaries were all reported during the early morning hours while residents were asleep in their bedrooms. During these burglaries, the suspect was thought to have entered the homes through unlocked doors. Once inside, the suspect allegedly roamed through the homes in an attempt to locate valuables like money, jewelry, small electronics and credit/ATM cards.

In some cases, the suspect took cell phones and car keys, officials said. He usually targets homes that are dark inside and outside.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s who stands anywhere from 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall and has a medium build with short hair. He is possibly driving a gold or tan late model Nissan, which may be a Maxima.

Anyone with information about these burglaries is asked to call Investigator Guardino at 919-560-4583, ext. 29364 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. 

Police offer the following tips to deter overnight break-ins:

  • Trust your instincts, and call 911 to report suspicious people or activity.
  • Lock your sliding glass doors, screen doors, garages and garage doors.
  • Turn on your alarm and make sure motion sensors are active.
  • Keep a light on downstairs.


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  • Mary James Aug 8, 5:38 a.m.
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    As a former service industry worker, I can tell you we usually don't ever see the back of the card where you write "ask for ID". I'm sure we are supposed to; however, it's common practice to swipe & go unless the card comes back with "declined" or "stolen". And most places, with the exception of sit down restaurants, are self pay, meaning the clerk doesn't have to take the card. Basically, it's not the clerk's fault or responsibility.

  • Phillip Mozingo Aug 7, 12:30 p.m.
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    It's hard to require someone making 8 dollars and hour to ask someone for ID for anything. They usually get cussed out or get something thrown at them. Now if you put them behind bullet proof glass then you might have a point. I think ALL store clerks should be behind bullet proof glass.

  • Jim Frei Aug 7, 11:20 a.m.
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    Its so easy to stop this thievery - the clerk simply takes the card, and asks the "shopper" to verify the name on the card.

    I write "Ask for Photo" on the back of all my cards - clerks ask for ID about 20% of the time.