Police Beat

Sep. 13, 2013 @ 05:21 PM

Police seek tips in McDonald’s robbery

DURHAM – Police are asking for information about an Aug. 23 armed robbery at McDonald’s at 5507 S. Miami Blvd.

Four men with bandanas over their faces entered the restaurant about 3 a.m. and robbed it at gunpoint. One suspect punched an employee. The robbers were seen leaving in a silver sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator C.A. Krieger at 919-560-4415, ext. 29311 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases. Callers never have to identify themselves.

Reward offered in Food Lion burglaries

DURHAM - A CrimeStoppers reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest(s) in a series of burglaries targeting Food Lion stores. In each case, suspects have broken into the stores and stolen numerous cartons of cigarettes.

There have been five reported burglaries to Food Lion stores in Durham since March. Cigarettes were taken in four burglaries. The suspects attempted to take cigarettes in the fifth burglary, but could not get into a secured area, and fled without anything.

The most recent burglary in Durham occurred at the Food Lion at 2121 T.W. Alexander Drive at 3:15 a.m. Thursday. Two people broke into the store, filled large trash cans with cartons of cigarettes and fled.

Similar burglaries have been reported in several areas of North Carolina, including Raleigh and Garner.

In most cases, the suspects wore hoodies and bandanas and hit stores during the early- morning hours. They have been seen driving gold and dark-colored SUVs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator J.S. Smith at 919-560-4415, ext. 29312 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.

Methadone pills stolen from home

DURHAM – Police are investigating the theft of 160 methadone pills – used to treat pain - from a house in the 300 block of Avon Lake Drive. Their value was estimated at $1,600.

In other reports:

- A Trane heat pump valued at $3,500 was stolen Wednesday from a multi-family residence in the 1000 block of Lowry Avenue.

- A handgun worth $500 was stolen Wednesday from a house in the 3600 block of Danube Lane.

- Four counterfeit $20 bills were passed recently at a CVS store in the 5300 block of North Roxboro Street. The fake money was reported to police Sept. 5.

- An Apple iPhone 4S worth $350 was stolen Sunday from a house in the 200 block of William Penn Plaza.

- A Pioneer car radio worth $50 was stolen Sunday from a house in the 1100 block of East Geer Street.

- A Specialized bicycle worth $650 and a Univega road bicycle worth $200 were stolen Sept. 7 from a home in the 500 block of North Duke Street.