Durham Police arrest suspect in Christmas tree lot robberies

Howard McBroom (Durham Police Department)

Durham Police arrested a man on Thursday evening who was wanted in a string of robberies at Christmas tree lots.

Howard Zelodis McBroom, 48, has been charged with robbing or attempting to rob employees at three Christmas tree lots during a two-day period earlier this month.

McBroom, who police say lives in Durham, is charged in connection with the following incidents:

  • December 10 - Two men, one who had a knife and one who appeared to have a gun, robbed employees at a tree lot on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard. The suspects took a cash box, phone and an iPad.

  • December 11 - A man armed with a screwdriver took cash from an employee of a tree lot on Vivian Street.

  • December 11 - A man armed with a large knife attempted to rob employees of a tree lot on West Club Boulevard, but the employees had no cash.


McBroom is facing two charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one charge of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of felony conspiracy.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Investigator K. Owens at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29365 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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