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Deputies seize $100K in stolen items from Zebulon home

Posted March 5, 2012
Updated March 6, 2012

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— Enough stolen merchandise to fill a truck and two trailers was seized Monday from a Zebulon home, and authorities believe it could be evidence in dozens of break-ins in Franklin and Wake counties dating back to August.

Sheriff Jerry Jones said the home and garage at 100 Perry Lane were crammed full of stolen items, including guns, fishing gear, hunting equipment, electronics, jewelry and power tools, with an estimated value of more than $100,000.

Scottie Hunter, 35, was taken into custody after the home search, which was prompted by a Wake County Sheriff's Office investigation into a trailer theft, Jones said.

Wake County deputies contacted Franklin County authorities about a man seen in surveillance video hooking a trailer to his truck and stealing it around 3 a.m. Monday. Deputies said they believed Hunter was the thief.

"Evidently some other agencies are very familiar with (Hunter) by his record," Jones said. "We've been tracking him for a while, and today, when we saw video of what he did in Wake County, we were able to identify him by a vehicle stop we had a week or so ago."

When they went to the home to investigate, Hunter and his girlfriend refused to let deputies inside, authorities said. Jones said he believes Hunter, who is no stranger to law enforcement, was stalling to try and hide some of the stolen property by placing it in trash bags containing his 5-week-old child's dirty diapers.

About two hours later, deputies obtained a warrant to search the home.

"(He put) jewelry and things that he had stolen in trash inside the house, and so it has made it difficult for us," he said. "Now we have to go through every bag of that trash and get out the stolen merchandise, tag it and get it identified by the victims."

Franklin County's entire Criminal Investigation Unit was expected to work through the night to finish seizing and tagging the items.

Hunter was being held in the Franklin County jail Monday night. Jones said Hunter had charges pending against him in Wake County and would face more in Franklin County.

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  • zebcountrygirl Mar 8, 2012

    This Guy moved into the residence on Perry lane at the end of June with his then pregnant girlfriend and another couple, and their two kids. The roommates moved out a few months ago. Hope police are looking for them also. They were renting the home. Mr. Hunter was arrested in Smithfield on Feb. 17, 2012 on drug charges and has a VERY LONG criminal history of theft, fraud larceny, check and credit card fraud. As I have family that lives a few houses down, I'm very happy this Guy is in jail. The girlfriend knew about the crimes and I bet the roommates did too. They might have even helped. Hope they all are all charged if indeed they were involved. Definitely the girlfriend should be charged. So sad that there is an infant involved. This child is an innocent victim.

  • awood2 Mar 6, 2012

    glad they got caught! Finally!

  • Thhhbbbppppttt..... Mar 6, 2012

    Wow....82 Felonies & 17 misdemeanors since 1993
    Please let the justice system get a clue. He is a poster child for the term Habitual offender.

  • jccrier Mar 6, 2012

    How do we see a list of what is recovered????

  • cindywalshnc Mar 6, 2012

    His picture is on the N&O site with an article about this.

  • not my real name Mar 6, 2012

    well maybe some victims can get their stuff back!

  • nonemeant Mar 6, 2012

    Robbery 101--why not just steal enough to fence in a short period of time and THEN and only then steal more??? I'm just saying.

  • yerffej333 Mar 6, 2012

    Don't see a picture yet, but you should see the list of violations....amazing....check this out

    http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0198792&searchLastName=hunter&searchOffenderId=0198792&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

  • Supie Mar 6, 2012

    no doubt the girlfriends' arrest will be in the next news story along with pictures. The infant child is probably already with relatives or CPS. So sad.

  • Tarheel born Mar 6, 2012

    The child should be in protective services. Maybe, the child could have a normal life away from these two criminals. --lec0257"

    I agree 'Leo'. Any child being "raised" around career criminals should be in Child Protective Services or with law-abiding loving relatives.

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