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Man wanted in LCD TV thefts

Posted March 17, 2010

— Apex police on Wednesday asked for the public's help in locating a man wanted in three LCD television thefts from a local Target store since December.

In each case, the suspected thief walked straight through the store to the stockroom, grabbed a TV off a storage rack and walked out a security door in back, police said. He then loads the TV into a waiting vehicle and speeds off.

The man usually visits the store between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but the most recent theft occurred at about 10 p.m. on Feb. 18, police said. The man was in the Target store as recently as Tuesday.

He has been seen driving a 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora with a sunroof. The car, which has North Carolina tag ZNP-9644, is registered to Tracy Denise Howard. Howard’s real name is Tracy Denise Tilghman, and she has outstanding warrants in Maryland and a suspended New Jersey driver's license, police said.

The man wanted in the thefts also has been seen in an older gray Dodge Dakota, with North Carolina tag YVB-1738, and an older-model blue Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan, with North Carolina tag XZB-7094, police said.

Burlington police said a man matching the description of the Apex suspect stole TVs from stores on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14.

Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call Detective Michael Garafalo of the Apex Police Department at 919-249-3477.


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  • dlb800 Mar 17, 2010

    If they catch him... I think the appropriate punishment would be to put him in a room with some guys that have baseball bats.
    Break his knees, his arms, and then through him out of a moving car. That might teach him.

  • Tired Of Excuses Mar 17, 2010

    Wow...just like that?
    Sounds like someone needs to beef up security.

  • The Writer Mar 17, 2010

    This sounds like a story out of Greenville. Sometime in February, three people walked out of a Sam's Club with a 52" TV on their shopping cart.

    Even with all of Sam's checkpoints and procedures, they got out the door with it and still haven't been caught (but they do have some nice surveillance pics of them).

  • GWALLY Mar 17, 2010

    Lets see...how does that go??? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me....fool me three times I am the fool!!!!

  • 6079 SMITH W Mar 17, 2010

    GEE.....Its a good thing he didn't leave behind a trail or anything.....

  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 17, 2010

    it's amazing to see the stuff that happens. and this is only one of the ones we know about

  • LibertarianTechie Mar 17, 2010

    AVENGER-007, because at that point, they are only accusing him of it; he has not been found guilty of the charges. This is the same reason shoplifters target multiple times like they do. We, as the lawful citizens of this state, need to go to the General Assembly to demand change to shoplifting laws--like allowing cameras to catch shoplifters versus making managers having to catch the person in the act.

  • TStills Mar 17, 2010

    So did they check the name that the other car was registered to?? You know, the one the perpetrator was seen in. Im assuming they did, so why wasnt it included in the story??

  • Jimm57 Mar 17, 2010

    HA! A Yankee fan. Figures.

  • 007KnightRider Mar 17, 2010

    Shame on the Apex Target. If they have been ripped off once by the guy why would they just let him walk back in and rip them off two more additional times. Store security knows what he looks like. I mean come on now, I mean really. Hey Apex Target, if you see someone in the stock room without a RED Target shirt it's the bad guy......nab him.