Officials: Same suspects may be involved in UNC, Duke robberies

Law enforcement agencies in the area are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects responsible for the recent robberies on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill and near Duke University’s campus.

The UNC Department of Public Safety received two reports of armed robberies on campus at around 11 p.m. on July 22. Chapel Hill police received another two reports of similar armed robberies shortly after midnight on Friday. Duke University Campus Police also received a report of an armed robbery at around 1:40 a.m. Friday.

All three agencies are hoping the public can help.

The suspects are described as black males between the ages of 20-25. In each incident there have been two to four suspects involved, including the person driving the vehicle used to flee the scene. The vehicle in all incidents has been described as a light-colored sedan, possibly tan or gold.

Chapel Hill officials have said that it appears the incidents are connected, while Duke police have said they won’t make that connection just yet.

“We are at this point not making kind of direct-line connections, but we are looking in to to those as well,” said Duke’s Associate Vice President Paul Grantham.

If anyone has information concerning the identity or whereabouts of these individuals, please call 9-1-1. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 or Durham Crime stoppers at 919-683-1200. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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