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Four NY men accused of stealing plumbing supplies from Goldsboro Lowe's

Posted December 13, 2015
Updated December 14, 2015

— Goldsboro police arrested four men from New York on Saturday and charged them with felony larceny after an officer spotted them leaving a Lowe’s Home Improvement store with hundreds of plumbing supplies, police said.

More charges are expected in the case, and police say similar larcenies may have been committed at other businesses in Virginia and North Carolina. The FBI was notified of the robbery in case there was evidence of crimes across state lines, but the agency isn't investigating the case.

Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, an officer patrolling the area at 1202 N. Berkley Blvd. saw two men run out of the store pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise. They emptied the cart into a vehicle's trunk and drove away, police said.

The officer followed the vehicle, and the men were arrested after trying to escape, police said.

Yudesh Ruplal, 21, Shane Ali, 22, Benjamin Curtis, 18, and Alexandre Michel Regis, 20, are accused of stealing 565 plumbing supplies worth more than $5,000, according to court records.

Authorities said they believe the men planned to resell the items. Investigators are looking into the possiblity that the men have hit other Lowe's stores as well.

Bond was set at $500,000 for each man due to flight risk concerns, according to Wayne County District Judge David Brantley.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255 or text at 919-222-4230. Callers will remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers gives cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to felony arrests.


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  • Jeff Pridgen Dec 14, 2015
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    Exactly! These are ALL components of bombs and this should be front page news across the country.

  • AnnaMarie Sanderson Dec 14, 2015
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    When you add this to the bulk purchases of prepaid cell phones across the nation by multiple muslim males and the thefts of truckloads of propane tanks it starts to draw a big picture... but of course the media & the FBI are under gag orders to not make that connection public...

  • Chris Weaver Dec 14, 2015
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    if they were looking to fence items... you go for electronics... not plumbing supplies.
    Bomb maker wannbes

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 13, 2015
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    "Plumbing supplies for the average person, are generally made up of valves, fixtures and PVC piping. Not saying that the pipe bomb idea is wrong, just not the top of my list. At least I hope they weren't trying to make bombs.

  • Larry Rieke Dec 13, 2015
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    Sounds like they were interested in making pipe bombs to me.

  • John Tavolacci Dec 13, 2015
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    Are you guys sure they weren't from Jersey?

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 13, 2015
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    Not so fast Justin. The cop may have been white.

  • Justin Case Dec 13, 2015
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    What ! No White Folks ! This Is Racist.

  • Ryan Walsh Dec 13, 2015
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    Darn Yankees

  • Mike Morgan Dec 13, 2015
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    Headline story with 2 short paragraphs?