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Three Lejeune Marines charged in car theft ring

Posted July 30, 2010

— Three Camp Lejeune Marines have been charged in connection with an interstate car theft ring, Onslow County authorities said Friday.

Aaron Jacob Lee, 19, Joshua Anthony Mathis, 21, and Deangelo Lebron Gearing, 20, face a total of 45 burglary- and theft-related charges.

A K-9 tracked the suspects in a vehicle break-in early Thursday for more than 2 miles before an Onslow County deputy was able to arrest the Marines.

Arkansas State Police recovered a rollback car carrier and a car that had been stolen from Jacksonville. Other vehicles that have been recovered were stolen in Onslow and Pitt counties and on Camp Lejeune, authorities said.

Authorities have also recovered stolen guns and computers, and they said all of the property was traced back to home and vehicle break-ins in the area.

More arrests were expected in the case.


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  • braddavis Aug 2, 2010

    I'm thinking the Marines will handle the situation a lot more effectively than our busted judicial system will.

  • skidkid269 Jul 30, 2010

    Hopefully these men, if guilty, will be dishonorably discharged and unable to call themselves Marines. Once a Marine, always a Marine, except when the name of my beloved Corps is tarnished.

  • saturn5 Jul 30, 2010

    A Marine without honor is not a Marine. These "men" are a disgrace to the Corps.

  • fugitive guy Jul 30, 2010

    Well, at least they believe in diversity.

  • u stand corrected Jul 30, 2010

    Iceman I never see you post a comment when a Marine dies... yeah, just log off.

  • u stand corrected Jul 30, 2010

    Iceman I can tell you what MOST Marines are up to because they can... fighting for your freedom and safety! Semper Fi

  • Lead by Example Jul 30, 2010

    if convicted I hope to see some serious federal prison time handed down

  • smizzzz Jul 30, 2010

    yeah icemen, I'm sure the co knew these guys were stealing cars...please just log off

  • Iceman Jul 30, 2010

    This aint new. Heck, I could tell you all sorts of criminal acts and scams Marines are up to because they can. These aren't a couple of bad apples...there are bad bases, airfields, and cos that knowlingly let this stuff go on.

  • tycol80 Jul 30, 2010

    wow, good job devil dogs