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Suspected jewelry store robbers face new charges in unsolved Cary crimes

Posted June 26, 2013

— The robbery of a Durham jewelry store has police investigators in Cary saying they believe the three men accused in the case are also responsible for a recent string of armed robberies there.

Cary police said Wednesday that they believe Denzel Timothy Rasheem Shivers, 19, Vendai Larpist Irick, 22, and Rodney Jerrold Devin Byrd, 20, are responsible for a June 2 robbery of a McDonald's restaurant and a June 17 robbery of a store manager outside a Wells Fargo Bank.

Shivers, they said, is also a suspect in the March 2 armed robbery of a Bojangles’ employee.

Byrd is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Irick and Shivers each face two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Shivers also faces an additional charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon in the Bojangles' robbery.

Durham police have already charged the men in connection with Monday night's robbery of Jared the Galleria of Jewelry on Fayetteville Road in which they allegedly kidnapped an employee as she was leaving the store and made her return so that they could rob it.

Shivers is in a local hospital being treated for injuries from a car crash following the robbery.

Irick and Byrd, who surrendered to Durham police Tuesday, each appeared in a Durham courtroom Wednesday morning, where a judge set their bonds at $2 million each on charges of second-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony conspiracy and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

Byrd's attorney, Jeff Carmon, said the accusations are uncharacteristic of his client.

"He's a young man that comes from a very supportive home and is not known for this type of behavior," Carmon said. "Everybody is just surprised by what has happened.”


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  • westernwake1 Jun 27, 2013

    Hopefully they are all locked up for a long time!

  • YeaOh Jun 27, 2013

    This is what comes along with being a "tolerant" society. We are expected to "tolerate" the behavior of some individuals based on hardships they encounter in life or the color of their skin. Individuals are not allowed to even say or think things based on who they are or the color of their skin. Right vs wrong is no longer applied equally to everyone so individuals are free to think the rules don't apply to them when considering dastardly deeds.

  • Zboo Jun 27, 2013

    if you can't afford it, go rob a jewelry store! what a world we live in..