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Durham Police Seek Information On Robberies

Posted January 7, 2004 7:01 a.m. EST

— Durham police are asking for information about two armed robberies that occurred Monday night in apartment complex parking lots in northern Durham.

The first robbery was reported at 7:23 p.m. in the parking lot of Strawberry Hills Apartments on Newcastle Road.

Police said the victim was getting out of his car when two men armed with a gun approached him and demanded money. The men robbed the victim of cash and a phone. They fled in an older model silver car.

The second robbery was reported at 11:52 p.m. in the parking lot of Willowdaile Apartments at 3835 Guess Road.

Police said the victim had just gotten out of his car and was walking to his apartment when two men approached him and asked him for the time. After the victim told the men the time, one of the men pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim. Police said the men robbed the victim of his wallet, a cell phone, a shaving kit and a Christmas present. The men fled in a mid to late 1980s silver or champagne-colored Nissan Maxima.

In both cases the suspects were described as black males in their late teens or early 20s.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Durham Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 560-4440 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases.

The Police Department iprovides the following crime prevention suggestions to help avoid being the victim of a robbery:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything suspicious, do not hesitate to call 911.
  • Have your keys ready when you approach your apartment or vehicle.
  • Do not carry extra cash or valuables.
  • Do not walk alone at night. Darkness gives robbers an advantage.
  • If someone follows you, do not drive home. Go to a well-lit place and report it.
  • Avoid loiterers or people hanging out in groups.
  • Walk briskly and with confidence.
  • Park in a well-lit area of the apartment complex.
  • Do not let strangers inside your apartment. Use your peephole to see who is at the door.