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Suspect arrested in Cary grab-and-go thefts

Posted August 1, 2013

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— A suspect in the Cary grab-and-go thefts has been arrested, less than 24 hours after police released crystal-clear security video that showed a man casually helping himself to a gas station’s cash drawer.

Police said Thursday that numerous tips from residents who saw the video, which was released to the media, led to the arrest.

Joshua Daniels Jacobs, 28, of Cheswick Place in Cary, is charged with two counts of misdemeanor larceny. He was released on an $800 bond from the Wake County Public Safety Center.

“The speedy arrest of this smooth criminal was only possible because of the tips we received from our community,” Cary police Capt. Don Hamilton said in a statement. “We’re thankful for this relationship as we all work together to keep Cary one of the safest places to live, work and raise a family.”

Police did not elaborate on how Jacobs was identified as the suspect, but Hamilton said he confessed to the crime.

Court records show he was charged in 2003 with misdemeanor larceny and in 2004 with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers responded to a robbery July 26 at Walgreens on Kildaire Farm Road, then got a call about an hour later for another robbery at an Exxon on Walnut Street.

Security video from the Exxon showed a man – dressed in cargo shorts, a dark polo shirt, sunglasses and socks with sandals – walk into the store, calmly glance around, lean over the counter, pop open the cash register and swipe bills before walking out unnoticed.

Exxon employee Bobby Fann said he left the register unattended when he went in the back to work on a car.

"He walked in (and) just in case somebody walked through the door, he had his wallet ready. He leaned over and inched over to the cash register and just took everything out," Fann said. "Nobody saw him come in. Nobody saw him leave. He was just like a ghost."

The cash grab took less than 30 seconds.

In both cases, witnesses told police the grab-and-go thief left in a white car believed to be a Chevrolet HHR. No one was hurt.


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  • Phyxius1 Aug 1, 2013

    Cary might find them fast but he gets essentially slap on the wrist charges and a 800 bond out...That surely will teach them not to do it again in the future. And people complain how lax other counties and towns courts are..I bet this guy spent less than an hr at the police dept.

  • anon022 Aug 1, 2013

    "and socks with sandals"

    That alone is an offense. Haha.

  • gnewsome1 Aug 1, 2013

    "in this economy you do what you have to do.....it was a victimless crime, nobody got hurt." He could do like the rest of us and work for what we have, not steal it from someone else.

  • gnewsome1 Aug 1, 2013

    800 dollar bond. I hope I read that wrong. If not, he probably paid his bail with stolen money.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Aug 1, 2013

    I guess the Dr. Of Smooth ain't so smooth after all. Perhaps he should take some free advice....if it seems too smooth to be true, then it probably isn't. ...word.

  • notexactly Aug 1, 2013

    golo- well I kinda would have to agree there. But none the less, pot is illegal and not alcohol But my wife's dad was an alcoholic so I would have to agree with the victim thing. Hope you did not go through that

  • froggygirl Aug 1, 2013

    There's a disturbing mentality expressed in some of these posts. I've heard of "getting over" : if you can get away with cheating someone else or ripping them off in some other way, then aren't you smart. No remorse.

  • Pooter McGooter Aug 1, 2013

    the guy has a really sweet face. i'm surprised he would have done something like this. glad its only his second time.

  • Bewitched Aug 1, 2013

    I don't know how "smooth" he was if he got caught, much less in under 24 hours!

  • chrisj7333 Aug 1, 2013

    Back on the streets in 6 months. Coming soon to a home near you.