Police seeking information on rash of robberies

May 11, 2009 8:49:17 PM PDT
A reward is being offered for information in three business robberies and a carjacking.Investigators are trying to determine if the same person committed all the robberies last week in northern Durham.

Police say the alleged suspect in all three business robberies has been described as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing around 175 to 180 pounds and dressed in black clothing and wearing a mask.

Investigators say they believe the car stolen during the carjacking may have been used in at least one robbery.

Investigators are asking for information about a robbery on May 4 at 10:14 p.m. at the BP convenience store on Guess Road. Police say a masked man entered the store, pointed a gun at employees and demanded money.

Then the next night, at 10:45 p.m. a car was stolen on Murray Avenue and North Roxboro Road.

A 25-year-old mam told officers he gave two men a ride from the parking lot of McDonald?s on North Roxboro Road at Horton Road. As they approached Murray Avenue one of the men pulled out a gun and took the victim?s 2001 red Ford Escort.

About an hour later that night, a man wearing a ski mask entered the Kangaroo convenience store on North Roxboro Road and pointed a gun at employees and demanded money. Police say the suspect may have fled in a red car.

On May 6 at 3:10 a.m., a masked man entered the BP convenience store on North Roxboro Road demanding cash from employees at gunpoint.

Durham Police say an officer spotted the stolen Ford Escort around 3:39 a.m. on May 6 and attempted to stop it on William Penn Plaza, but the driver refused to stop and drove through a parking lot onto Ben Franklin Boulevard.

As the car approached Danube Lane, the driver hit the brakes and two men jumped out of the car. Officers chased the men on foot, but did not catch them.

Anyone with information about the robberies or the carjacking is asked to call Investigator Jones at 560-4582, ext. 29248 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.


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