Clerk fires at suspect trying to break-in through roof

Authorities in Durham have arrested a suspect after he allegedly tried to break into a convenience store after hours, but was surprised by a clerk who shot at him.

April 18, 2012 2:18:59 PM PDT
Authorities in Durham have arrested a suspect after he allegedly tried to break into a convenience store after hours, but was surprised by a clerk who shot at him.

It happened just after 2:30 a.m. Friday at the M&M shop at the corner of North Mangum and West Corporation streets.

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The store was closed at the time, but the clerk told ABC11 that he was guarding the business after another suspect made a hole in the roof days earlier and stole from the cash register, according to the owner who caught it all on surveillance video.

Despite an alarm system and a quick police response, that suspect got away.

Frustrated, the store owner spent the night Thursday to protect the business. He said he was awaken during the early morning hours when another man tried to sneak in through the roof. It was then he told a 911 operator that he fired shots at the suspect, hitting him in the foot.

By the time police officers arrived, the wounded suspect had already fled the scene, but he didn't get far.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Albert Lenhardt a few blocks away from the store near his home on Gurley Street. Lenhardt was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

He was charged with breaking and entering in Friday morning's incident. Lenhardt was also arrested on warrants charging him with felony larceny, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, and communicating threats. Bond was set at $7,500.

Meanwhile, the store clerk is not expected to face any charges.

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