Recording: Durham home invaders used zip ties, duct tape

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

On Monday night, just before 9, a woman who lives in the 1800 block of Cole Mill Road was taking out the trash when two men wearing masks and armed with guns forced her back into the house.

There, she and her husband were bound in the den before the suspects took jewelry, a cell phone and a white 2003 GMC Envoy.

But the husband, despite having his hands wrapped with duct tape and fingers swelling, managed to call 911 and report the crime after the suspects left.
During the call, which lasted several minutes, the husband told an emergency operator he was trying to get his hands loose. He informed the operator that the suspects, both white men, wore masks and gloves and black clothes. One had a sawed-off shotgun; the other a rifle, the recording indicates.

“They took one of my vehicles,” the man said. “I don’t know which one they took.”

One of the suspects appeared to have a cold. “He kept sniffling,” the caller said.

The men had tried to bind the husband’s hands with zipties.

“It wouldn’t work on me, so he brought in a roll of duct tape,” he said.

Neither the couple nor their pet shih tzu dogs were injured during the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call 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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