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Durham Police Seek Information On Robberies

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DURHAM, N.C. — Durham police are asking for information about two armed robberies thatoccurred Monday night in apartment complex parking lots in northernDurham.

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

Police said the victim was gettingout of his car when two men armed with a gun approached him and demandedmoney. The men robbed the victim of cash and a phone. They fledin an older model silver car.

The second robbery was reported at 11:52 p.m. in the parking lot ofWillowdaile 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 approachedhim 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 menrobbed the victim of his wallet, a cell phone, a shaving kit and aChristmas present. The men fled in a mid to late 1980s silver orchampagne-colored Nissan Maxima.

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

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

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

  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything suspicious, donot 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 andreport 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 seewho is at the door.
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