One for the Stupid Crime Files
Next time ya might want to back that pick-up through the window of Tiffany’s?
Durham Store Robbed After Suspects Drive Through Front Doors
UPDATED: 6:42 am EDT May 2, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred Sunday morning at Costco Wholesale department store.
At about 10 a.m. Sunday, police said, a man backed a stolen pickup truck through the front doors of the business and stopped the truck next to the jewelry counter.
A passenger jumped out of the truck, smashed a jewelry case with a hammer and a grabbed an undisclosed amount of jewelry, police said. No injuries were reported.
The passenger then hopped back into the truck, and the driver sped away from the store, which is located at 1510 North Pointe Drive, police said.
The men abandoned the Toyota pickup truck a few blocks away, near the 2400 block of Broad Street.
The passenger who smashed the jewelry case has been described as a male who is 5-foot-7. He was wearing a gray sweat jacket, dark pants and a black ski mask.
The robbery in Durham is the third time in about a week that a store selling jewelry in the Triangle area has been robbed.
On Friday afternoon, robbers cleaned out Ora Designer Fine Jewelers, located on Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh.
A week earlier, robbers hit a jewelry store on New Bern Avenue, also in Raleigh.
Both robberies happened in broad daylight, and employees at both stores were restrained with novelty handcuffs during the robberies. Raleigh police believe the same thieves pulled off the robberies in Raleigh.
Investigators do not know if the robbery in Durham on Sunday is connected to these heists.
If you have any information about the Durham robbery, please call Investigator J.P.Carnevale at 560-4582, ext. 222 or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.