Suspected jewelry store robbers face new charges in unsolved Cary crimes
Posted June 26, 2013
Cary, N.C. — 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.”