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5 charged after guns stolen from patrol car

Posted May 13, 2008

— Four men and one woman who authorities say are members of a local gang have been charged with breaking into a Cumberland County deputy's patrol car.

The patrol car was burglarized on April 1 while it was parked outside the deputy's home, authorities said. An iPod and several weapons that were stored in the trunk of the car were stolen, authorities said.

Detectives recovered the iPod at a Bragg Boulevard pawn shop where one of the five suspects works, authorities said. As the investigation continued, detectives uncovered a cache of weapons unrelated to the patrol car break-in, authorities said.

Christopher Charles Haslerig, 20, of 6117 Lonestar Road, was charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. William Brandon Smith, 19, of 426 St. George Drive, was charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Michael Rolando Brown, 18, of 922 Pedro St., was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Markina Nekesa Elliott, 18, of 4750 Dominion Road, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

Harvey Lamar Sangster, 19, of 922 Pedro St., was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Authorities said all five are members of GMC, or Get Money Clique, a local gang that has been around since about 2001. There are about 40 known members of the gang, which was once known as Pimp Squad.

The case remains under investigation, and more arrests were expected, authorities said.


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  • Fiddlemom May 14, 2008

    My husband is an LEO and he and most LEO's I know often keep some weapon in the trunk, although he always brings his service pistol in the house in a secure place for the night. I would think that theives would go after their computers before guns, look what info they might could obtain!

  • enoughsenough May 14, 2008

    I'm sure they planned to rob/harm an innocent person with these weapons, glad they were caught before a more serious crime/murder was committed.

  • ljcs357 May 14, 2008

    Not brightest bunch for doing the crime but neither is that officer for having a bunch of guns in his trunk

  • Mr. Keeping It Real May 14, 2008

    I assume the officer was "within policy" by keeping the guns in his car trunk. What are they supposed to do with their weapons? Locks are for honest people only.

  • willis2 May 14, 2008

    How about a new gang name - "Hard Time"

  • TStills May 14, 2008

    They should be arrested for those ridiculous gang names - "Get Money Clique" and "Pmp Squad". Wonder Twin powers - ACTIVATE!! "Form of a small town gangbanger".....

  • Ol Forrester May 14, 2008

    I noticed two "possession of a firearm by a felon". Any bets on whether the DA is lazy and plea bargains it down to "jaywalking", like they usually do. Sorry, my cynicism got temporarily out of control.

  • Panther May 13, 2008

    A nice relaxing vacation with lots of exercise with the local chain gang for 10 years ought to convince them about which side of the law to uphold.

  • Dark_Horse May 13, 2008

    get money clique? How corny is that?
    Anyway, glad they caught them.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 May 13, 2008

    Give the gang some communtiy service...or the 4 go away for awhile..