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Durham police probe robberies

Posted December 29, 2008 5:46 p.m. EST

— Police are asking for information about two robberies that occurred over the weekend in southwestern Durham.

The first robbery occurred at about 1 a.m. Saturday on Canary Court. A man told officers he was unloading a car when a small dark vehicle stopped and asked him for directions. The driver pulled out a gun, got out of the car and demanded money. Two other males went through the victim’s car and took a GPS unit. The robbers fired a shot as they fled, police said. The bullet struck the victim’s car.

The man with the gun was described as African-American, 20 to 25 years old, with short hair and a dark complexion. He had a ski mask over his face. A second robber was described as a black male, 15 to 20 years old with a medium build and short hair. The victim was unable to describe the third robber.

The second robbery occurred Sunday at 10:15 p.m. on Greyfield Boulevard. A man and woman were getting out of a car when a robber jumped out from the bushes, pointed a gun and told the man to get on the ground, police said. A second robber, armed with a gun, forced the woman to get on the ground. The robbers took cell phones, a purse and boots from the victims. They fired at least three shots as they were leaving. The shots struck a garage.

One robber was described as a tall African-American wearing a dark ski mask. The second suspect was described as a husky black man wearing a light gray hoodie. The robbers were accompanied by a third man, but the victims could not describe him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.