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Suspect nabbed in Walmart thefts; two more sought

Posted August 22, 2013
Updated August 23, 2013

— Authorities said Thursday they have arrested a Henderson man and are searching for two others wanted in connection with thefts of more than $150,000 in electronics from Walmart stores across the state.

James Drenell Branch, 26, is charged with two counts of felony larceny, shoplifting concealment of goods and conspiracy to commit larceny, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department. Branch was being held in the Wake County Jail on unrelated charges when he was additionally charged in the thefts. His bond was $97,600.

Authorities have also obtained arrest warrants for Damien Lamar Bullock, 20, and Christopher Eugene Bullock, 20, both of Henderson. The men are charged with the same counts as Branch. All the suspects are related.

Chatham County sheriff’s deputies are working with Roxboro and Holly Springs police officers on the investigation and said they think the men are responsible for thefts from Walmarts across the state. The thefts, described as “smash and grab,” all happened between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Two thefts occurred June 23 and 24 at the store on U.S. Highway 15-501 at the Chatham-Orange county line. Investigators said the thieves entered through the main door and left through a locked door in the garden center. Chatham deputies said the thieves netted about $10,000 in stolen goods.

Authorities did not say Thursday whether the items have been recovered.



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  • Rebelyell55 Aug 23, 2013

    Guess they had to steal so much because half the stuff don't work or quits working in a few months.

  • spiritseeker Aug 23, 2013

    Chances are everything stolen had a "made in China" label attached.

  • mac240 Aug 23, 2013

    Their court appointed attorney will use "they have a right to earn a living" defense!

  • dontstopnow Aug 23, 2013

    Guess that 'parental' support and training is working for this bunch. What a waste of time and energy to steal instead of earn.

  • lec02572 Aug 23, 2013

    Actually, they did hurt everyone. Do you not think prices in the stores are not raised to cover theft? IF they prove it was an organized ring state wide, they will get more than 6 years.

  • kendradad Aug 22, 2013

    Hard to believe WalMart has something worth stealing. :)

  • djofraleigh Aug 22, 2013

    They will all be out within, what, six years without repayment of the 150,000. They didn't hurt anyone, even scare anyone.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 22, 2013