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Man wanted in Durham church theft

Posted June 5, 2009

— Police were searching Friday for a 39-year-old man wanted for breaking into and stealing from Gospel Church, in the 1300 block of Ellis Road, in May.

Emanuel Joel Lennon, of Apex Highway, faces break-in and larceny charges for the incident, which occurred between May 17 and 23.

Someone stole a TV, DVD/VCR player, CD player and musical equipment from the church, investigators said.

According to the state Department of Correction records, Lennon has numerous convictions for larceny, breaking-and-entering, possessing stolen goods and drug possession dating to 1987.

DOC records show Lennon most recently served a six-month sentence in 2007 and 2008 for possessing stolen goods, speeding to elude arrest and violating his probation from eight convictions in 2006.

Anyone with information on Lennon’s whereabouts should call Investigator Sterling at 919-450-4415, ext. 29303 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • working for deadbeats Jun 5, 2009

    We need a one strike rule and you're gone for 20+ years. I'll even pay higher taxes for it. I bet this guy had a bad child hood or maybe even a learning disability. Either way, it's not his fault for how he is. Agree libs?

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jun 5, 2009

    Oh, my, I glad to see that his previous stints in prison have really "RE-HABILITATED" this young man...

  • fatchanceimwrong Jun 5, 2009

    Why is Durham LEO even wasting their time looking for this guy? The court will just slap him on the wrist and turn him back out. The guy's got numerous convictions dating back to 1987 and he's still free, out walking the streets. Another example of Durham's soft stance on crime. No wonder Durham has the reputation that it has...it's well-earned.