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'Concerned citizen' thwarts suspects in Dudley theft

Posted January 25, 2013

— An observant bystander thwarted a pair of suspects accused of stealing from a home in Dudley, authorities said Friday.

Wayne County sheriff’s deputies said a “concerned citizen” was working outside Thursday when he noticed a gray car pull into a residence on Southern Plaza Drive. The witness said he saw a man leave the home with some items that he put in the car.

The witness drove to the home and blocked in the suspect’s car, but the driver got around him and fled.

Deputies said the witness followed the vehicle until it broke down on Arrington Bridge Road. Deputies were nearby and spotted the car, detaining the driver and passenger. They found property missing from the home in the car.

Lawrence Charles McIntyre Jr., 22, of the 400 block of Denmark Street in Goldsboro, and Christina Simelton, 23, of the same address, were charged with one count each of breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Deputies said McIntyre also sold 11 cameras that were stolen from the Rosewood Wal-Mart, where he was employed, to the Trade It in Goldsboro. McIntyre was additionally charged by the Goldsboro Police Department with larceny by employee.

Authorities said more charges are pending.


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  • kellypsnll Jan 25, 2013

    Looks like maybe Wal-Mart might wanna start doing background checks before hiring. Wow. 11 cameras.

  • salligalagher Jan 25, 2013

    We need more concerned citizens like this.

  • djofraleigh Jan 25, 2013

    I'd rather an "OJ" be on parole than the dude that goes through my drawers. These non-violent crimes should get them off the streets.

  • djofraleigh Jan 25, 2013

    I'll hand it to the thieves for not having a gun and not trying to hurt the pursuer. Give them credit for that much.

  • Wheelman Jan 25, 2013

    You know, in some places they cut your hand off for stealing. Not hard to spot a thief there I would imagine. Makes it a lot harder to steal again. Might work better than a slap on the wrist the courts are liable to give.

  • rargos Jan 25, 2013

    "When our house was broken into, the police made no effort to investigate. They knew who did it, but did nothing more than write a report for the insurance."

    Sad but true -- the amount of effort individual officers or departments put into solving home bulgaries varies tremendously, and criminals know it. I know firsthand of several cases where the police were very sure who did it and still did nothing because it wasn't a "violent crime" ...

  • rargos Jan 25, 2013

    "Never heard of anyone stealing to support their marijuana habit" -- Nauti-dog

    I don't know who you hang out with (probably relatively well-off middle- or upper-class people), but paying for pot with illegally obtained money is VERY, VERY common.

    I'll grant that pot users aren't nearly as violent/deperate as users of harder drugs, but there are plenty of break ins and petty thefts whose proceeds go to buying weed.

  • granville93 Jan 25, 2013

    Not a smart thing to do by blocking the car in...he is lucky he survived such an act. Follow the car yes but....

  • brassy Jan 25, 2013

    Thank you, concerned citizen.

  • Worland Jan 25, 2013

    When our house was broken into, the police made no effort to investigate. They knew who did it, but did nothing more than write a report for the insurance. Several months later, a concerned citizen saw them robbing the house next door and followed them back to their house where t police finally arrived catching them red handed. Thanks to that person, two years of home robberies came to an end.

    Had this person just taken pictures, I doubt the police would have done anything with them.