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Raleigh teen accused of stealing car from auto dealership

Posted February 26, 2013

— A Raleigh teenager faces multiple charges after he allegedly stole a car from a Garner auto dealership Monday afternoon and crashed it a short time later at a nearby auto parts store.

Donovan Maurice Dawson, 16, of 1120-107 Renewal Place, was charged Tuesday with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony hit and run and two counts of assault by pointing a gun in the chain of events that started sometime around 4 p.m. Monday.

Police say Dawson told a dealer at Atlantic Auto Sales, at 1536 U.S. Highway 70 in Garner, that he wanted to buy a car, but at some point, he took off in a 2004 silver Audi A4.

An employee at the dealership followed him for about two miles, where Dawson crashed into another car at 3210 S. Wilmington St. in Raleigh, jumped out of the car and took off on foot.

The assault charges stems from Dawson allegedly pointing a handgun at a probation officer who tried to intervene. Police found the gun about 300 yards away.

Dawson also faces a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the Feb. 19 theft of a 2005 red BMW 325i from Global Motors, at 2510 S. Wilmington St.

It was recovered a couple days later in Garner, authorities said, after someone from the dealership spotted it being driven.

Dawson was in the Wake County jail Tuesday morning under $113,000 bond on all the charges.


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  • Common_Sensey Feb 28, 2013

    "The Judge who allows this guy to go on Probation needs not to be re-elected."

    It's actually fairly common for this type of crime to be allowed out on probation. He didn't hurt anyone and no drugs/guns were found on him. Most judges would have allowed probation...

  • mac240 Feb 27, 2013

    Guys like this are just begging to be incarcerated…for once can’t we oblige them!

  • MadBiker Feb 27, 2013

    I suspect he's going to get more probation. No need for any real penalty until he kills someone.

  • btneast Feb 27, 2013

    He's a "child". He doesn't understand what he's doing. stymieindurham

    Ummmm, folks, this was a sarcastic comment......

  • btneast Feb 27, 2013

    The Judge who allows this guy to go on Probation needs not to be re-elected.

    Interesting point. I wonder how many of us know anything about any judge on the ballot come election time? I rarely do. Until we all spend the time to make informed votes for judges, we will get what we deserve.

  • LocalYokel Feb 27, 2013

    Amateur weed dealers get more than $113,000 bond around here so why is a real criminal treated so gingerly?

  • Gnathostomata Feb 26, 2013

    When children do mischief, we do not condone plastering their faces for the public to see; when they are so grown they can do adult crimes, ie, pistol, car thefts and wrecking vehicles that do not belong to them, then they are no longer "children" and should be tried as adults. The rest of us can sleep a bit restful tonight; one more off the streets, at least for tonight.

  • ims1924 Feb 26, 2013

    Iwe1967/ Do you really think that this young man will ever pay restitution? I'm would be surprised if he has a job and even more surprised if he ever has one. President Lyndon Johnson's GREAT SOCIETY is a 49 year old failure.

  • doggypoos Feb 26, 2013

    $113,000 bond? He will be out soon. 16 Where did he get the hand gun at such a young age I wonder? Some justice system we have.

  • lwe1967 Feb 26, 2013

    Starting early! Where are his parents? He will have to work a long time for restitution to the dealer for that car! This is serious, but not what it could be unless he is curbed from these tendencies.