Durham police investigators are asking for information about two recent internet buy/sell armed robberies that happened in the 400 block of East Cornwallis Road. No injuries were reported.
In both cases, the victims came to the location to purchase iPhones that had been advertised on the OfferUp app.
The first robbery was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 20. The victims told officers they drove to the location on East Cornwallis Road and were approached by a male who pulled out a gun and demanded their phones and cash.
The second robbery happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 21. The suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s wallet and phone. The victim attempted to follow the suspect, but the suspect turned and fired a shot at him.
The suspect in both cases was described as a black male with a dark complexion and a medium build. He appeared to be possibly in his 30s. The suspect in the first case was wearing a blue jacket, blue pants and a beanie. In the second case, the suspect was wearing black pants, a black hoodie and a black mask with dots on it.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Strickland at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29536 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.
The Durham Police Department is providing designated parking areas at district substations where people can conduct internet buy/sell transactions. Spaces are set up at police substations in District 1 (921 Holloway Street), District 2 (shopping center at 5285 North Roxboro Road), District 3 (#8 Consultant Place) and District 4 (2945 South Miami Boulevard).