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Harnett Authorities Make Arrests In String Of Burglaries

Posted December 28, 2005

— Harnett County investigators arrested more than twenty people in connection with a series of burglaries countywide.

One of the victims, Barry Hanson, came home from work to find an upset dog and his video games gone.

"Once it all soaked in, I was pretty angry," said Hanson. "I was upset. I guess I felt how anyone else felt if they got broken into."

He's not the only burglary victim. Robert Gibson's house also was targeted by thieves.

"It's disgusting," said Gibson. "It makes you want to throw up actually."

In fact, Harnett County investigators count roughly 30 burglaries. But they think they've now solved the cases. They arrested 22 suspects, who they said worked together in rings.

Those arrested in connection with crimes in the Country Squire area include:

  • Damaris Jerome Simmons, 19, Spring Lake
  • Taron Masquse Glover, 16, Spring Lake
  • Tyrone Lavon Liles, 18, Spring Lake
  • Titus Williams, 17, Spring Lake
  • Daquan Demel Williams, 16, Spring Lake
  • Those arrested and charged with crimes in the Lake Charles and Killdeer area include:

  • Ryan David Craig, 16, Spring Lake
  • James Clinton Meurer, 33, Spring Lake
  • Willie Joe Cole, Jr., 17, Spring Lake
  • Tyrone Lavon Liles, 17, Spring Lake
  • Teron Lee Tucker, 17, Spring Lake
  • A 14-year-old male and 13-year-old female have been charged in connection with these cases.
  • Those arrested and charged with crimes in the Coats area include:

  • Jose Isais Martinez, 19, Coats
  • Juaquin Puentes, 25, Coats
  • The Harnett County Sheriff's Office has arrested several other subjects in the past two weeks who are alleged to have committed burglaries and related crimes in other areas of the county:

  • Jack Glenn Campbell, 25, Angier
  • Frank Upchurch Roberts, 26, Cameron
  • Angela Joy Klingman, 35, Cameron
  • Garry Lane Long, 32, Sanford
  • Charles Thomas Ratliff, Jr., 16, Lillington
  • Joshua Michael Gill, 21, Sanford
  • Antonio Maurice Bromell, 19, Sanford
  • Dewayne Lavar Bass, 23, no address given
  • "They've stopped, in a sense," said Sheriff Larry Rollins. "Once we got these guys arrested, this chilled the waters."

    Investigators found stolen items ranging from jewelry and stereos to weapons. They also recovered a $3,000 freon machine.

    Hanson and Gibson don't know if they'll get anything back.

    "That's a bad feeling," said Gibson. "It's a bad feeling to come home and somebody invaded your privacy."

    Authorities said the break-ins had occurred over the past few months. They hope the arrests made in this case will help to solve cases in Johnston and Wake counties.

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