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Durham man charged in thefts days after release from jail

Posted April 28, 2011 10:53 a.m. EDT
Updated April 28, 2011 10:55 a.m. EDT

— Durham police charged a man in a string of store robberies that began two days after he finished a jail term on larceny convictions.

Officer K.L. Geyer arrested Mark Edward Hambric Jr., 26, of Oakridge Boulevard, late Wednesday on University Drive while investigating a report of a suspicious person at Chapel Hill Boulevard and Legion Avenue.

Hambric faces common-law robbery and felony larceny charges in connection with five thefts from gas station convenience stores between April 19 and 27. Investigators said that in all cases, a man entered the store, pretended to buy something and then took money from the cash register.

He was charged in the following robberies:

  • April 19 at BP/Family Fare, 1251 University Drive
  • April 26 at 11:24 p.m. at BP convenience store, 4525 Chapel Hill Blvd.
  • April 27 at 3:35 a.m. at Exxon, 3321 N.C. Highway 55
  • April 27 at 9:19 a.m. at Circle K, 100 Woodcroft Parkway
  • April 27 at Kangaroo store, 106 N.C Highway 54 East

Hambric was released from jail on April 17, according to state Department of Correction records.

Police said they arrested Hambric last October in connection with a three-week robbery spree at 11 convenience stores, drug stores and restaurants.

DOC records show that he was convicted in March of 10 felony counts of larceny from a person. He served one month in jail and was put on probation.