Recently, we have experienced some purse snatchings in District 3. The crimes have occurred within the last two days in our shopping areas on Chapel Hill Road. and at Southpoint Mall.
In the case at Old Chapel Hill Road, the victim was in the laundry mat when a black male (No further description) walked up behind the victim assaulted her and then made off with her purse in an unknown direction.
At Southpoint Mall, the victims were sitting outside of a coffee shop when two young black males (No further description) snatched the victim’s purse and cell phones off of the table and fled to a waiting automobile which was dark in color. Although we believe that these are two isolated instances we still want you to practice good crime prevention concepts by being cognizant of your surroundings and keeping your purses close to you and not on the table and don’t leave your purse or laptops unattended while in coffee shops or restaurant’s. These investigations are ongoing and we are working hard to identify these guys and put them in jail.
My detectives and District 3 Patrol Officers are doing some work in the Surrey Lane and Chapel Hill Road communities. You will see increased directed patrols in that area with marked and unmarked cars. Call 911 if you see any suspicious persons or activities and keep your neighborhood safe. Please call me or email me if you have questions.
Well, that’s all for now…take care and be safe.
Sergeant K.L. Johnson
Durham Police Department
Criminal Investigations Division
8 Consultant Place
Durham, North Carolina 27707
919-560-4583 ext 29359 (Office)
919-907-9810 (City Cell)