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Arrests made in connection with Wayne County vehicle break-ins

Posted January 30, 2015

Amber Bennett and Joseph Hasty

— Goldsboro police arrested a man and woman Thursday in connection with a rash of vehicle break-ins in Wayne County.

Officers detained Joseph Wilson Hasty, 22, of 112 Merlin Lane in LaGrange, and Amber Bennett, 22, of 101 Crestwood Drive in Goldsboro, at the Irish Inns motel after receiving leads in the case.

Investigators searched the motel room and found "numerous items" taken during the vehicle break-ins, police said. Investigators say Hasty was responsible for vehicle break-ins in the following areas:

  • Hood Swamp/Raintree subdivision area
  • Pineview Cemetery Road area
  • Long’s Plant Farm Road area
  • E. New Hope Road/Ryan Blvd/Ryan Way area
  •  S. Harding Drive area (in city limits of Goldsboro)

He was charged with five counts of felony break-in to a motor vehicle, one count of felony larceny of a firearm and three counts of misdemeanor larceny. He was held on an $85,000 bond. In addition to the charges, police said they discovered he had seven Orders for Arrests for probation violation. He received a $70,000 bond on those charges.

On Friday, after an additional investigation, Hasty's bond was increased and he was charged with multiple counts of break-in to a motor vehicles, multiple counts of misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods, two counts of felony possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts each of felony larceny and possession of a firearm.

Bennett was charged with two counts of felony financial transaction card fraud and was being held on a $25,000 bond.


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  • Larry Lynch Feb 2, 2015
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    I GOT A couple of Dobermans at my residence that would love to meet them.... I always leave my home unlocked and never have a break in, course the Dobermans are fully happy about that. seriously folks --GET A DAWG AN WATCH YOUR HOME BE PROTECTED 24/7.

  • gratefultoGOD Feb 1, 2015

    so sad they will only get a slap on the wrist and be at it again. Welfare isn't enough for them, and work is out of the question. Judgment day is really going to SUCK for them!

  • strikeforcereptiles Feb 1, 2015

    The guy was just released on parole in Sept. Break ins started in Oct. He ran from his parole. This should set of the 3 strike rule. This is his 3rd set of felonies.

  • Edward Levy Feb 1, 2015
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    This guy should have a bond set at 1,000,000, so he can not be on the street, OR no bond at all because he loos like a flight risk.

  • misconduct323 Feb 1, 2015

    hang both of them immediately...problem solved..next

  • Tommy Swan Feb 1, 2015
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    if he's a felon, why is he out of jail at age 22...... we need more prison space

  • James Barefoot Jan 31, 2015
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    Its all a money racket for the courts and lawyers,
    Its time we the people take our country back

  • Beth Pearce Jan 31, 2015
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    GOOD for you! I hope they get more than a slap on the wrist!! Time would be nice.

  • strikeforcereptiles Jan 31, 2015

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    oh yeah we are not letting up. they stole $350 and my wifes blood pressure meds and diabetes meds

  • Beth Pearce Jan 30, 2015
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    You're lucky! I wish they had caught the guy who got into my vehicle. The detective "thought" he knew who he was, but it turned out not to be.

    Did you press charges? I hope so. I definitely would. The guy that got into my truck wore gloves and had some type of mask covering his upper and lower face - only his eyes and nose were showing. He had a hoodie on, which was also pulled up, over his head.