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Two charged in string of bank parking lot muggings

Posted April 30, 2013

— Police said Tuesday that they have filed charges in two recent attempted robberies in Wells Fargo Bank parking lots in Durham.

Vernon Toomer, 40, of Morreene Road, was charged with attempted common-law robbery, conspiracy and possession of a stolen vehicle in an April 8 incident at 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, knocking the woman to the ground. The would-be robber fled without the bag when three bystanders went to help the woman, police said.

Duane Curtis Bond, 43, of Maymount Drive, was charged with attempted common-law robbery and felony conspiracy in an April 12 incident at the same Wells Fargo branch.

A man tried to grab a deposit bag from another woman but he fled when she screamed and tossed the bag inside the bank, police said.

Bond, who is being held in the Alamance County jail after being charged in an April 23 robbery outside a Wells Fargo branch in Mebane, also was charged with common-law robbery and felony conspiracy in connection with three March incidents in Durham:

  • A man leaving the SunTrust Bank branch at 5112 N. Roxboro St. was robbed on March 12.
  • A woman was robbed of a bank deposit bag outside Northgate Mall on March 15.
  • A man was robbed of a deposit bag outside the SunTrust branch at 2008 E. N.C. Highway 54 on March 18.

No charges have been filed in an April 15 robbery attempt outside a Wells Fargo branch at 2821 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., police said.

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  • anneonymousone May 2, 10:45 a.m.

    Zenonx6, your reasoning is more confusing and indicative of confusion than your spelling and lack of punctuation. How, pray tell, does receiving welfare make one liable to commit bank robbery?

  • 68_dodge_polara May 1, 9:33 a.m.

    Glad they caught these two. Use the drive through when making deposits, if the branch doesn't have one drive to one that does or switch banks.

  • MrPearce Apr 30, 7:42 p.m.

    It's a safe place for muggers. CCH holders are not allowed to carry in banks. So muggers know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that any honest citizen is going to be unarmed in the parking lot.

    More liberal junk legislation. Make banks open to carry, and allow the banks to ban it if they want. Then when I get mugged in the parking lot, I can sue the "you know what" out of the bank since they are preventing me from protecting myself.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Apr 30, 7:05 p.m.

    I'll be at the BB&T downtwon tomorrow at noon. Looking to mug someone in the parking lot? Meet me then. I'll help you out.

  • zenonx6 Apr 30, 5:11 p.m.

    They are the product of our government hand out programs.. Our government subsidizes low life with welfare ,, welfare and low rent housing should come with mandatory brith control.

  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Apr 30, 4:51 p.m.

    We're too lenient on criminals. You could seriously scare someone to death doing what this bozo has done! Good lord!

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 30, 4:11 p.m.

    Good, now throw them under the jail and leave them there. Lib Judges, are you reading this????