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Cary police solve series of thefts with traffic stop

Posted August 11, 2010

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— A man who fled from police at a routine traffic stop in Cary last month has been connected to 21 cases of larceny from a vehicle involving dozens of victims, police said Wednesday.

Matthew T. Sapienza, 25, ran when police pulled him over for driving without his tail lights on.

Police searched his car and found items reported stolen from cars in the Cary area. A subsequent search of his home yielded more stolen goods. In all, police linked Sapienza to 19 cases in Cary and two in Morrisville. They charged him with possession of stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

Sapienza pleaded guilty to those charges and was extradited to Pennsylvania, where he was wanted on other, unrelated charges, police said.


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  • MillerB Aug 11, 2010

    twc- Actually. I don't think there's going to be just a "slap on the wrist" involved. If he was wanted in Pa on unrelated charges, does the fact he was down here make that Felony flight because he crossed state lines?

  • wrx44 Aug 11, 2010

    Cary police do a great job....that department gets about 150 applications for every new hire...so they get to pick the cream of the Law Enforcement crop. They don't mess around.

  • onezendragonfly Aug 11, 2010

    I wonder if he's who stole my gps....glad they caught him. Way to go, Cary PD!

  • T-Man Aug 11, 2010

    Funny, I don't see anyone complaining about the police chasing him when he ran...

  • Guy Aug 11, 2010

    Cary cops are fine ! They can stop me anytime if I thought it might help.

  • twc Aug 11, 2010

    Another probation recruit. He'll get a slap on the wrist.

    He needs enough active time plus pay restitution to set a good example for others.

    But it won't happen. Unless, of course, one of the victims knows one of the court officials. Let's hope so!

  • BigUNCFan Aug 11, 2010

    If we were harsh with punishments for these clowns this stuff would stop. While I don't agree with everything countries like China and some Middle East countries do, I do like their harsh punishments of using the death penalty regularly, hard prison labor, and chopping off a hand for stealing and caning. You know not to act up in those places and as a result, things are orderly.

  • Lyle Aug 11, 2010

    This is probably the joker who hit up several of my neighbors for GPS, and other stuff. Even in their garages. Good thing the Cary police got you before a couple of my retired NYPD neighbors did. When you play with fire........

  • sweet4you Aug 11, 2010

    Riding around with stolen property....smart guy huh?

  • Z Man Aug 11, 2010

    His mama must be VERY proud.