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Chase nabs suspect in Raleigh, Holly Springs break-ins

Posted February 25, 2010
Updated February 26, 2010

A nearly 30-minute police chase ended outside Crabtree Valley Mall early Thursday, 25, 2010. Gaven Stubberfield, 35, of Fuquay-Varina was arrested on outstanding breaking-and-entering charges in Raleigh and Holly Springs.

— A suspect in break-ins in Holly Springs and Raleigh was arrested after a nearly 30-minute chase through the capital city early Thursday.

State Trooper M.P. Cape said that shortly after 2 a.m., a Raleigh police officer attempted to stop a 2000 BMW whose driver was suspected of breaking into a business on Edwards Mill Road. The driver refused to stop and sped away on Glendwood Avenue, so the officer called in state troopers to help in the chase.

Police chase ends at Crabtree Valley Mall Police chase ends at Crabtree Valley Mall

Cape said the driver – identified as Gaven Stubberfield, 35, of Fuquay-Varina – called 911 and said he was armed, had a woman in his back seat and would kill her if they didn't stop the pursuit. Cape, however, said he got close enough to see that there was not a woman in the BMW.

He deployed stop sticks on Blue Ridge Road, at District Drive, but that didn't halt the driver. Trooper H.C. Ellefson performed a "textbook" PIT maneuver, in which an officer uses a cruiser to bump a chased car out of control, Cape said, bringing the chase to an end back on Glenwood Avenue, in front of Crabtree Valley Mall.

Stubberfield disobeyed orders to get out of the BMW, so troopers busted out a window, used a Taser gun on Stubberfield and dragged him out of the window, Cape said.

Stubberfield was charged with driving while impaired, felony speeding to elude arrest, driving without a driver's license and other traffic violations. He was also charged with one count of attempted breaking-and-entering and two counts each of commercial breaking-and-entering and larceny after breaking-and-entering. Raleigh police said that additional charges are pending.

Stubberfield was being held in the Wake County Jail Thursday under a $330,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Friday afternoon.

Stubberfield has a criminal record dating to 1994 and previous convictions for larceny and felony breaking-and-entering, according to state Department of Correction records. He most recently served eight months in prison in 2008 for probation violations.


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  • kklier Feb 26, 2010

    @BluePirate One in the same.

  • Moto69 Feb 25, 2010

    99% sure this is the same guy that broke into the place my wife works the other night. Sometime in the early AM he drive up to the front of the place, got out and threw a rock through the front door. Then opened the door and walked around the counter. I think he got all of $12 from some petty cash. However the place has nice security cams and the detectives got a real nice image. No mask or anything, just waltzed around like it was no big deal. Cops said they were looking for him for other B&E's and the guy drove a black Beemer... so I think his luck ran out for now. I'm sure he'll be back soon enough.

  • kodac31 Feb 25, 2010

    Congrats to the SHP for a job well done. Now, sit back and watch certain defense attornies try and label it "excessive force" ... oh, and better hope for one of the "good" Wake County Judges...as their are not many!

  • discowhale Feb 25, 2010

    Another "career" criminal, caught YET AGAIN, committing crimes, in and out of jail, and this time he had to be chased to get him caught. Luckily it was 2AM and not rush hour.

    But Greg Taylor was a menace to society.

  • Nunya123 Feb 25, 2010

    Really surprised there wasn't a ton of LEO bashing going on. Very refreshing since that is probably an indication that the ones bashing them are, once again, back in jail.

  • Redneck Fun Feb 25, 2010

    Must be a chance of snow today then huh?? LOL. Journey

    It is cold outside!! =p

  • Journey985 Feb 25, 2010

    Redneck Fun.."I have to admit this is getting fun. I normally don't like you, but today I'm in a good mood. =p" Must be a chance of snow today then huh?? LOL.

  • Redneck Fun Feb 25, 2010

    My pleasure!! Good riddens!!

  • Redneck Fun Feb 25, 2010

    "Redneck you might want to mind your own business unless you know either Tarheels or myself. You obviously don't know what you are talking about."

    You put "your" business on a public blog. If you don't like people in your business, don't put it on a public blog.

    I stand behind what I said, and BTW you don't know me or who I may or may not know.

  • Redneck Fun Feb 25, 2010

    Bet he'll get off for either having a bad childhood with an abusive father or WCPSS not busing him to a school in the suburbs so he could make something of himself as an adult. TarheelsDontLikeEdwards

    Once again the blatant racist who has no clue or facts have spoken. FYI: Gaven is white. clickclackity2

    clickclack: You are the one that brought up race!! Tarheels' statement says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about any race, color, or creed!! Might want to check your own racial thoughts!!