Crime

Two Durham men charged hours after pair of hold-ups

Police charged two men with armed robbery a few hours after two Kangaroo convenience stores were held up, a spokeswoman said.

Anthony James Ballard, 17, and Brandon Louis Dent, 21, who both live in Durham, were arrested early Thursday after police found an unoccupied car on Cooper Ridge Drive with money in it and then got a call about suspicious activity in the predawn hours at a nearby apartment complex on N.C. 751.

The first store, at 3301 Guess Road, was held up shortly before 1 a.m., police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. The second, at 4835 Hope Valley Road, was robbed about 30 minutes later.

The robbers in both cases had similar descriptions and carried guns, police said.

Police arrested Ballard and Dent at an apartment complex in the 7200 block of N.C. 751 at about 4 a.m., Michael said, and recovered stolen property from the stores and a stolen gun.

Ballard was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and three of conspiracy to commit that offense as well as possession of a stolen firearm and other felonies.

Dent was charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of conspiracy, possession of the stolen gun and several other felonies.

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