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Man In Stolen Tractor-Trailer Cab Eludes Cumberland County Deputies

Posted December 16, 2002

— Cumberland County deputies were searching Monday night for a Hope Mills man who led them on an early-morning chase in a stolen tractor-trailer cab.

Robert Benedict, 44, is wanted on several charges, including larceny of a motor vehicle and felony speeding to elude.

Deputies stopped their pursuit because they felt it was too dangerous to continue. They found the stolen cab a short time later.

Anyone with information about Benedict's whereabouts is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 323-1500.

According to the office of Sheriff Moose Butler, a tractor-trailer containing 800 bedpans valued at $30,000 was reported stolen from a vacant lot at 3539 Cumberland Road early Sunday night. The total value of the tractor-trailer was reported to be approximately $210,000.

Deputies were dispatched to look for the stolen vehicle and discovered the cab at a gas station on Wade Stedman Road about 4:39 a.m. Monday. When they approached the cab, according to their report, the driver sped off.

After giving up the chase, deputies charged Benedict with felony speeding to elude, driving with a revoked license, larceny of a motor vehicle and two counts of injury to personal property.

Only the cab was involved in the chase. The trailer was located in Robeson County, but deputies say they don't know if the bedpans were still in it.

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