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Man charged in vending machine burglary

Posted July 9, 2009

— A Rocky Mount man was arrested for breaking into vending machines at a Days Inn Thursday, less than two months after he finished serving a prison sentence for similar crimes.

An officer responding to a break-in in progress saw a man holding a tire jack running from the Days Inn, 1340 N. Wesleyan Blvd, shortly after 6 a.m. The officer chased and arrested the man, identified as Bobby Bullock Jr., 33.

Investigators determined that Bullock burglarized one vending machine and damaged another at the hotel.

Bullock faces charges of felony breaking-and-entering a coin-operated machine, possession of burglary tools and resisting or delaying a government official. He was placed in the Nash County Jail and had first court appearance set for Friday.

According to state Department of Correction records, Bullock was released from prison May 24 after serving nearly a year for 10 convictions of breaking-and-entering a paper currency machine, along with interfering with gas or electric meters and drug offenses.

DOC records show Bullock has a lengthy criminal record dating to 1993, including three convictions for common-law robbery, misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, shoplifting, attempted larceny and cruelty to animals.


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  • Flyswatter Jul 9, 2009

    They noticed the suspect right away as he was running down the street carrying a bag with a dollar sign on it.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jul 9, 2009

    I have burglary tools in my trunk ...uh oh!

  • Lyle Jul 9, 2009

    Alright, so the guy will never have the talent to be a locksmith, but can't the state now teach him how to make good use of his time making license plates?

    Maybe he was a bartender and one of his customers ordered a "jack and coke"??

  • usmilewme2 Jul 9, 2009

    ok, at least they did have headline reading "man hits vending machines in ROCKY MOUNT" hey think the state could give a hunting licens for all crimials out and about. ooops that was just wrong. lol

  • Lead by Example Jul 9, 2009

    So much for rehabilitating criminals. This repeat felon needs another, much lengthier, prison sentence.

  • HappyGirl08 Jul 9, 2009

    Lord have mercy! Is there a release valve open in RM for all criminals or what??? That town has been in the news all week for multiple acts of craziness!

  • kbo80 Jul 9, 2009

    I wonder if he broke into the one at mypalce of employment? Someone broke into that over the weekend.

  • fatcat11 Jul 9, 2009

    Sounds like a nice young man...I wonder if he would like to meet my daughter...not!!

  • -Enter Screen Name- Jul 9, 2009

    It's a good think my car doesn't have a spare tire, so I don't have a "tire jack". I wouldn't want to be arrested for having "burglary tools" :-)