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Five charged in string of vehicle break-ins

Posted April 22, 2010

— Wake County deputies have charged five men in dozens of vehicle break-ins, and Harnett County and Johnston County authorities are also expected to file charges against the men.

Donald Michael Jenkins, 19, and Thomas Lee Jenkins, 18, both of 5611 Cornwallis Road in Garner; Gregory Kenneth Poole, 19, of 4501 Harnett Central Road in Angier; Eric Christopher Jones, 22, of 829 Old Crowder Road in Raleigh; and Jaquares Devante Purdie, 17, of 125 Mohawk Drive in Garner, were charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, first-degree burglary, larceny, possession of stolen property, larceny of a firearm and felony conspiracy.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Thursday that the group was responsible for about 70 vehicle break-ins in subdivisions across Wake County between January and last week.

Harrison said similar break-ins have occurred in Harnett and Johnston counties. The men referred to the break-ins as "car hopping," authorities said.

Deputies worked with local community watch groups and conducted surveillance to break the burglary ring, Harrison said.

Noting that almost all of the vehicles that were broken into had been left unlocked, the sheriff urged people to lock their cars and to take note of suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.


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  • 07GoldWinger Apr 23, 2010

    These sacks of poo are the ones that broke into my wife's van. The Tommy Jenkins boy is the one who got our stuff. My neighbor caught him in the act yet the Wake Co. SO said they'd look into it. This was December 28th, 2008. These boys have been doing this a lot longer than this news story states. The dumb***, Tommy, actually blurted out his name when my neighbor yelled at him, "Who the h*** are you!". I can not get a call back from the SO on if we are one of the victims they are using in the charges. I'm happy they gave their address in the news story!

  • Garnerwolf1 Apr 23, 2010

    This must be the group that hit my neighborhood last weekend. Approx 6 cars broken into that I heard about. They'd take stuff out of the cars and if they didn't want it (for instance a gym bag with dirty clothes in it) they'd throw it in the street.

  • clover1019 Apr 23, 2010

    from the looks of them its not like they had any dates or girlfriend to keep them occupied otherwise.
    LOL @oleguy!! good one
    odds are they will never do anything positive for society.

  • ncguy Apr 23, 2010

    I bet they have a 20 IQ among them.

  • babbleon Apr 23, 2010

    Mm, what a fine, thieving, law-breaking bunch of AMERICAN CITIZENS.

  • ctechic2004 Apr 23, 2010

    What happened to all the ones who are so quick to say "where were the parents, the parents should be proud, life in prison"?

    would this group of thieves be considered a "gang" or are they just misquided punks who made stupid decisions?

    Let's make an example of them, I say give them 10-20 years with a possibility of parole after 15 years. I am sure they have done other crimes.

  • garnerCanesFan Apr 23, 2010

    I agree 100%,
    Next is to quit handing out light sentances.
    I will bet money that not one of them will do any time.
    Go to court, get time served, 2yrs probation.
    Get arrested again while being ON probation.
    Anyone see a patern here?

  • didisaythat Apr 23, 2010

    Hoping for a better world.

    I would assume if you are one of the victims where a charge was drawn for your case, the SO will notify you. If that does not happen then the DA office will send you a notification. With the amount of charges and cases...it might take a little while to get all the info out. With what I saw on the news if you lived on the southern part of the county that this might be your suspects. If you live in north raleigh or somewhere else then it may not be your suspects.

  • rdewildeman Apr 23, 2010

    It is time to protect ourselves. The police are great at investigations, but they can not stop crime while WE are in danger.
    Arm yourselves, patrol your neioghborhoods, BUST ALL punks.

  • TStills Apr 23, 2010

    fishon - LOL! awesome, dude!

    Those are some cheesy, post-pubescent staches those hillbillies are sporting LOL