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Three face 200 charges in four-county break-in spree

Posted December 31, 2009

— The Harnett County Sheriff's Office has arrested three men who, together, face nearly 200 charges in connection with 35 break-ins in four counties.

Erwin Antoino Rios, 16, Kevin Joseph Bell, 20, and Dustin Lee Burkes, 25, face a total of 125 felony and 74 misdemeanor charges, including breaking-and-entering, breaking-and-entering a motor vehicle, larceny, larceny of stolen firearms, possession of stolen property and possession of stolen firearms.

Investigators recovered $47,820 worth of stolen property. The break-ins occurred in Sanford, Cameron, Broadway, Bunnlevel, Fayetteville and other areas of Cumberland County.

Burkes, of Sanford, was arrested Dec. 8 and remains in the Harnett County Detention Center under a $360,000 bond.

Bell, of Cameron, and Rios, of Fayetteville, were arrested Thursday. Bell has been released on bond, while Rios was in the Harnett County Detention Center Friday under a $360,000 bond.

Burkes was under supervision by the North Carolina State Department of Correction after moving from Pennsylvania, according to the agency's records. There, he was on probation after being convicted of a September 2008 robbery and simple assault.


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  • Joani P. Jan 1, 2010

    Glad they were caught, hope they all get to pay for their crimes.

  • true american Jan 1, 2010


  • Ressurect_the_Alchemist Jan 1, 2010

    Their parents must be SO proud...

  • mewuvbb Dec 31, 2009

    Go ahead and give the the key to the city! Next few months they will be back on the streets, and move up into bigger crimes like killing someone or messing with a child.

  • computer trainer Dec 31, 2009

    Why are WE watching PA parolees? Don't we have enough garbage on our own streets???

  • Journey985 Dec 31, 2009

    Great, Like we don't have enough home grown criminals, now we are importing them from the north? I say send him back and let PA deal with him!!!

  • MadBiker Dec 31, 2009

    On probation..... seems like a lot of repeat criminals out there on our streets.