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Deputies Find Truck Possibly Used in Home Robbery, Shooting

Posted December 14, 2007

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— The Orange County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that it has recovered a white pickup truck that men suspected in a fatal home break-in and shooting might have driven.

Deputies said they were looking for two or three black males driving white, full-size, extended cab truck, possibly a Ford, after the incident on Nov. 26.

Eva Marie Johnson Jacobs, 49, told 911 personnel she had been shot during a break-in in progress at her 7121 Compton Road home in Cedar Grove. She was dead when deputies arrived.

Investigators found marijuana in the house. Jacobs' checkbook listed deposits from $600 to $1,000 every other day, with the word "crop" written beside them.

Detectives credited a lead from the Durham Police Department with the break in the case. A similar vehicle was used in a robbery and shooting in Durham, and investigators tracked down its owner.

He told investigators he had loaned the pickup to a person on Nov. 1, and it was never returned.

On Tuesday, the 2000 Ford F-150 was found backed up to a house on Proctor Street in Durham. It was towed to a State Bureau of Investigation laboratory, where it was being processed.

Investigators said evidence inside the truck satisfied them that it was used in the Nov. 26 robbery and shooting.

Deputies said they were seeking the men, but did not release names in order to not hinder their investigation.

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  • mramorak Dec 14, 2007

    Worthless dog squeeze

  • coriemd Dec 14, 2007

    I wonder if these thugs are connected to all the robberies that occured this past October in Rougemont/Orange County? I have no doubt they will check into it.

  • Spooner Dec 14, 2007

    Congrads to the police for finding the truck. Legalize hemp and save us some tax dollars. Crack kills, but hemp chills for those of you who dont know. This has been and always will be a lost war on drugs. You cant stop people from smoking hemp; it has been proven to be impossible no matter how much "Reefer Madness" you put on the airwaves or in schools. Why not legalize and tax it to save those of us who actually own something some tax dollars. I am sure you wouldnt hear people complaining about the taxes on legalized hemp for the first ten years because they will be happy the stuff is finally legal. No more home invasions for hemp money either.

  • seankelly15 Dec 14, 2007

    mike honcho - "sounds like drug dealers robbing drug dealers..........I don't want to rush to judgement, but if I lived in cedar grove, knowing I don't sell drugs, therefor I do not have large amounts of cash in my home. There should'nt be a whole lot to worry about."

    What if they picked the wrong house? Do you still think that "....There shouldn't be a whole lot to worry about"? Someone was murdered; it doesn't matter whether you approved of their behavior or not.

  • mike honcho Dec 14, 2007

    sounds like drug dealers robbing drug dealers..........I don't want to rush to judgement, but if I lived in cedar grove, knowing I don't sell drugs, therefor I do not have large amounts of cash in my home. There should'nt be a whole lot to worry about.

  • dogsrule12cheek Dec 14, 2007

    I am glad they have leads now if they can just find them,
    I live near there and it makes you wonder when someone gets
    killed right around the corner.

  • justbnme Dec 14, 2007

    Don't be so quick to judge....could've been the
    husband's! Nobody deserves to be shot down over
    a little weed.

  • cuteboyd Dec 14, 2007

    So what's going on with her husband and son? Nothing much has been said about them.