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Deputy responds to burglar alarm, finds suspect inside

Posted October 30, 2012

— A Raeford man was arrested Monday after a Hoke County sheriff’s deputy responded to a burglar alarm at a home and said he found the suspect inside.

Patrol Sgt. G. Blanco said he went to the home in the 200 block of Crescent Drive about 9:30 a.m. after the home’s alarm system activated. Blanco found the rear glass door shattered and called for back-up.

Moments later, Blanco said, the burglar inside the home walked to the back door. Blanco took the man into custody, and the burglar told him there was someone else inside and weapons in the residence.

The back-up team arrived and searched the house. Neither weapons nor another suspect were found, but the officers discovered the home’s electrical power meter had been removed.

Deputies said property stolen from the home was found at two neighboring homes. One of those neighboring homes belongs to a relative of the suspect, who was identified as Lamont Montrell Hines, 27, of 431 Bridges Road.

Hines was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm by a felon and injuring utility wires or fixtures.

He was held on a $50,000 bond.

Deputies said Hines confessed to the crime. The investigation is continuing.


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  • same ole story Oct 31, 2012

    Another fine upstanding member of that community!! Looking for his OWN free hand out!

  • jcthai Oct 31, 2012

    blacksuv, evidently you missed the sarcasm in my post and didn't quite comprehend it's purpose. Try to keep up.....

  • blacksuv1962 Oct 30, 2012

    How st*pid do you have to be to think "so he found the suspect inside the burgler alarm "? DUH !!!!!

  • beachboater Oct 30, 2012

    Add a -0- to that bond amount, and then put him on a chain gang making little rocks out of big ones. Then maybe they will get the idea that it is easier to work for a living than stealing and breaking rocks.

    We have to take the profit and lack of punishment out of burglary.

  • Huey Oct 30, 2012

    "as it is now, our processes are actually encouraging crime." - Amen on that powerpuff! Our so called criminal justice system is so often just a joke with cops working day and night but judges and lawyers working against them.

  • greg69innc Oct 30, 2012

    many alarms today work on a celluar network

  • jcthai Oct 30, 2012

    WRAL, so he found the suspect inside the burglar alarm???

  • ftpc99 Oct 30, 2012

    powerpuffjenn - That's one I haven't run across yet. Thanks for the insight. Gives me something else to watch for.

  • ftpc99 Oct 30, 2012

    "good job by the deputy, but WHY would anyone want an electrical meter????? I don't get it. Scubagirl"

    Because that kills all power to the house without electricuting yourself by cutting wires. That way low-tech surveillance systems will be knocked out. Looks like the home owner had a better system, and monitored too!

  • Mike128 Oct 30, 2012

    You pull the meter to kill power to the house, hopefully also killing any alarm and it's ability to phone for help. With many people using IP based phones, turning the power off has a good chance of shutting down the cable modem and router unless they are on a UPS unit. Most alarm systems have their own battery, but they can't call if the phone is dead.