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Police: Man donated stolen goods to Durham church

Posted May 11, 2012

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— Police said Friday that they are searching for a Durham man who investigators believe fraudulently obtained musical equipment from a Fayetteville store and donated it to a church.

A man and a woman obtained the equipment from Edwards Music Co., at 524 N. McPherson Church Road, on April 11, and investigators determined that it was later given to Faith Assembly Christian Center in Durham.

Police have identified the man involved as Gary Patterson Jr., 27, whose last known address was on North Duke Street in Durham.

Warrants have been issued for Patterson's arrest, charging him with obtaining property by false pretense, and police said he has three other outstanding fraud warrants from other North Carolina law enforcement agencies.

Anyone with information on Patterson's whereabouts is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).


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  • muggs May 11, 2012

    Climbing the stairway to heaven,and I bet the Faith Assembly reported the receiving of this gift?

  • welfarequeen May 11, 2012

    Churches have always been the biggest thieves out there!

  • FE May 11, 2012

    One might actually view the actions of Mr. Patterson not to be unlike those exhibited by our current President?

  • piene2 May 11, 2012

    Usually the churches bypass the middle man and shake down the superstitious people directly.

  • whats happening May 11, 2012

    wow...not only did he defraud the music equipment company but the church too! What was the motive here? Did the church not have musical instruments? Hmmmm....

  • NiceNSmooth May 11, 2012

    Modern day robin hood

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 May 11, 2012

    Yet the church accepted it not knowing the goods was stolen. Churches be aware of what you receive.