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Second man charged in Oxford break-ins

Posted August 12, 2008

— Oxford police arrested a second man Monday in connection with a series of burglaries in the city. Police charged Andrew "Babe" Thorpe, Jr. 22, with 21 counts of breaking and entering.

A Granville County man believed to have worked with Thorpe was charged Aug. 8.

Antonio Hatcher, 22, of Lewis Road in Oxford, faces 22 counts of felony breaking and entering, 16 counts of felony larceny, two counts of felony breaking and entering in a place of worship and one count of attempted first-degree burglary and 17 counts of misdemeanor damage to property.

He was being held in the Granville County jail under a $500,000 bond.

Thorpe was charged with 21 counts of breaking and entering, 19 counts of larceny after breaking and entering and five counts of attempted breaking and entering.

The church break-ins with which police charged Hatcher were at the Greater Harvest Full Gospel Bible Church and Upon This Rock Ministries. It was unclear whether Thorpe was accused in those incidents.

He was being held on $600,000 bond.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests are pending.

Since March, police have investigated more than 60 break-ins in Oxford in which the thief or thieves typically ransacked their targets.

"It's not unusually for us to have burglaries but in the numbers we've been dealing with since March, that was highly unusual," Oxford police Chief John Wolford said.

Oxford residents with any information relevant to the cases are asked to contact the Oxford Police Department at 919-693-3161 or Crime Stoppers at 919-693-3100.


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  • rargos Aug 13, 2008

    How much time will they get for this? 3-5 years? I'll bet they'll be breaking into houses again before long.

  • angora2 Aug 12, 2008

    How can you guys criticize? These fellas are so darned cute and cuddly-looking!

  • NC4Now Aug 12, 2008

    momma must be SO proud ...

  • rlewis Aug 12, 2008

    Just another misunderstanding.

  • babyblue2 Aug 12, 2008

    here we go again.........every day it's a new bunch.
    ditto celong and sweatsea, you could not have said it any better.
    by the way where are revs. al and jesse and all the other "community" leaders? why haven't they been comming out of the woodwork giving rallies for these crimes/criminals? why aren't they giving speeches on how the "man" has done this to the "brother" . the "man" has brought him down? personally, i'm sick of all the lame excuses; i.e. he doesn't know his daddy, his mama's in jail, grandma is raising him, he had a tough childhood, blah, blah, blah. There comes a time in every adult's life, and these are adults, where you acknowledge right from wrong. you have a choice. make a bad choice, pay the price. simple as that.

  • bngexpress Aug 12, 2008

    poor fella, he looks so remorsefull, i'll bet we'll hear from mom shortly,tell how gooood her little boy is and how he could never do any of the things he's being acused of.

  • CAROLINA43 Aug 12, 2008

    I may get a lot of those who disagree, but here goes:

    Hasn't our society (i.e. - behavior, morals) been in a steady decline since the removal of prayer in schools, corporal punishment, and the time of when truant officers rounded-up the kids who thought they were going to skip school?

    Also, in my opinion, parents cannot be friends to their children. They have friends. You have friends. I think respect for authority and manners are lost when parents befriend their children.

  • Wags Aug 12, 2008

    With a name like "Babe", he ought to fare real well in prison.

  • garnertoy Aug 12, 2008

    for some reason my post was deleted so i will just say celong you said it best

  • celong Aug 12, 2008

    I wish just one person had been home with their home protection gun when these guys came over the door jam about 6 feet.