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Trio Suspected in Scores of Burglaries

Posted April 14, 2008

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— Three men charged with several burglaries across Harnett County are suspects in at least 70 residential break-ins in three counties in recent months, authorities said Monday.

Juan Carlos Padilla, 23, of Fuquay-Varina, Hugo Gomez Aguirre, 18, of Angier, and Cesar Inez Delatorre, 27, of Benson, have been charged in nine cases in the Fuquay-Varina, Duncan, Angier, Coats and Lillington areas.

Harnett County investigators said they believe the three are behind at least 40 break-ins in the county since January, and more charges are expected against them. Authorities also said more people could be arrested in the case.

"They have pretty much an entrepreneurial business of stealing and getting rid of the property," Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said.

The burglars targeted isolated, rural homes when no one was home during the day, and they usually kicked in a door to get inside, authorities said.

"It's a bad feeling. It is a very bad feeling," said Janice Dupree, whose shed was burglarized.

Dupree said she and her husband have an alarm system on their house, which might have prevented a break-in, but her neighbor wasn't so lucky.

"They trashed the house pretty bad," she said.

Rollins said there are indications the suspects are tied to a Hispanic gang in Angier known as 18th Street.

Johnston County and Wake County authorities also are trying to determine if the men are linked to another 30 unsolved burglaries in southern Wake County and the Benson area in recent months, authorities said.

After noticing a growing number of residential break-ins earlier this year, the Harnett County Sheriff's Office had K-9 and traffic units conduct traffic checkpoints to help investigate the trend. The extra deputies were able to develop information that led to the three arrests, authorities said.

Investigators have recovered more than $20,000 in stolen property, including televisions, jewelry, guns, clothing, stereos, computers and tools.

About 75 guns were taken in the robberies, and most haven't yet been recovered, authorities said.


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  • Rolling Along Apr 15, 2008

    michaelscott01...don't feel too bad on your score...I am at least 2 for 10 ;-)

  • kenloe3981 Apr 14, 2008

    I agree....The media is very bias and does not want to let the facts be posted!!!

  • FIGSSIT Apr 14, 2008

    Hmmm , I'm 0 for two commentwise today.

    Anyways, mexican gangs in NC!! What a shocker! These guys are probably legal though.

  • WRALSUCKS Apr 14, 2008

    "You guys do realize that everyone is not here illegally."

    You DO realize that the vast majority of hispanics you see in this area ARE NOT HERE LEGALLY. Do you know how FEW are here on H1B visas, or other employee sponsored visas?

    You might be amazed to find out how small that number is.

    Good going to all the LEGAL immigrants here in our country, but don't fool yourself into thinking that there's any relation to the number you see in the area, versus the number here legally.

  • WRALSUCKS Apr 14, 2008

    It's too bad an armed homeowner wasn't there to prevent the breaking and entering. It would save the state considerable tax money.

  • 3forme Apr 14, 2008

    they can come to my house anytime..

  • TheAdmiral Apr 14, 2008

    The fact of the matter is that WRAL did not post my statements on the illegality of these aliens and their illegal trespassing on my land to break and enter, and then stole my items.

    Shame on WRAL for censoring free speech. They can slant the news to make it look like these guys are angles by not stating their alien status, but we can't speculate their status on the boards.

    That is a violation of #1 amendment.

  • Rolling Along Apr 14, 2008

    Apparently the censors don't like hard statistics and the mention of certain gangs. Do the math and the research via google. Mind boggling. What you are seeing here is just the tip of the iceberg and yes it will get worse.

  • blackdog Apr 14, 2008

    ...that's 75, I said seventy five weapons now in the hands of more criminals....this is more terrorism than breaking and entering to me. Those weapons need to be recovered NOW.!

  • ifcdirector Apr 14, 2008

    This is the Third World now that everyone is working so hard to create for us right here on your front doorstep from President Bush on down to your local police and city governments. If you don't like it let them know instead of venting on boards. They are your government and they are the ones we empower to do something about this while they do nothing.