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Goldsboro man accused of safecracking, theft

Posted August 4, 2014

Joel Allen Register

— A 34-year-old Goldsboro man is accused of twice breaking into a business and stealing money from the safe.

Goldsboro police said Monday that Joel Allen Register, of the 2400 block of Old Grantham Road, is charged with two counts each of breaking and entering, safecracking and larceny.

The charges stem from June 23 and July 10 break-ins at Valvoline Instant Oil Change, 604 N. Spence Ave. In both cases, the store safe was forced open and cash was taken.

Register was held in the Wayne County jail under a $24,000 secured bond.
 



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  • Catmandu Aug 4, 2014

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    Depends upon what you mean by cracking. Are you are talking about manipulating the dial, like in the movies(not realistic), or drilling and punching also seen in the movies (the way a lock smith opens one). My favorite is Robert DeNiro (the Score) filling it with water and setting the charge off to blast the door off. Proven to work on mythbusters, but deemed implausible because it would have destroyed the money. But not the Scepter made of gold and jewels.

  • Stranger Aug 4, 2014

    Nice, went to HS with this guy....he was a real winner then, too.

  • Alexia Proper Aug 4, 2014

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    That's just not right. "Cracking" is a fairly well-known term that means one had skill in opening a safe without the use of force. Using a crowbar, blowing it up, etc. is not "cracking". One requires skill and the other just requires some kind of mindless force applied.

    It's abuse of the language :)

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 4, 2014

    "Did he crack a safe or did he force it open? The charge says cracking, but the story says it was forced open. It cannot be both" - paulej


    Actually it can be both. Safe-cracking means getting a safe open without previously knowing the combo or having a key. The method doesn't matter.

  • Alexia Proper Aug 4, 2014

    Did he crack a safe or did he force it open? The charge says cracking, but the story says it was forced open. It cannot be both.

  • landonsgrampa Aug 4, 2014

    Well this guy will never be classified as a "smart" criminal. Never, and I mean never, commit the same crime, at the same place. Does anyone remember the saying..."Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me"? It seems that the store was not fooled twice, although there is no mention of how this guy was caught. Most likely from video surveillance, but it's not mentioned.

  • Citizen12345678 Aug 4, 2014

    I may be mistaken but I'm pretty sure he worked there at one time. Not very bright to hit the same place twice. Now he has his sign...

  • mike275132 Aug 4, 2014

    You would think the manager of the Oil Change shop would use the bank night drop after the first break-in....

  • Stan Simmerson Aug 4, 2014

    In both cases, the store safe was forced open and cash was taken.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/goldsboro-man-accused-of-safecracking-theft/13864838/#6bbv3lw5qKAbBJWU.99

    Not too hard to believe, I don't see this guy as smart enough to 'crack' a safe. Breaking it open, yes, cracking it, not so much.