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Trio accused of selling stolen goods online

Posted October 26, 2011

— Cumberland County authorities said Wednesday that they have charged three men with breaking into vehicles, stealing property and posting the stolen goods for sale on the Craigslist website.

Thomas Rains found his stolen GPS unit for sale online and agreed to meet the seller in the parking lot of a Fayetteville department store, police said. After buying back his GPS, he contacted deputies, who arrested three men.

Daniel Matthew Kempf, 26, of 5866 Rockfish Road in Hope Mills, Michael David Raymond, 26, of 141 Helens Lane in Lumber Bridge, and Mitchell Ray Packer, 46, of 814 Veda St. in Fayetteville, were charged with possession of stolen property and other offenses.

Investigators said thousands of dollars worth of electronics, cell phones, CDs, umbrellas, jewelry and tools were stolen in the crime spree, which also includes cases in Hoke County.

Victims have been notified of the arrests and are in the process of getting their property returned to them, police said.


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  • GulfWarVet Oct 26, 2011

    One of the best things you can do is register your worthy items with the manufacturer(s), take photos/videos of the item(s) clearly showing the serial number and model number of the device(s). If you can keep the receipt for these items as well, it makes life a LOT easier when dealing with such claims, both in court and in dealing with insurance by proving ownership.

  • twc Oct 26, 2011

    Hopefully, there will be more than probation for these thieves!

  • YNCSW51 Oct 26, 2011

    Great work on the the part of the citizens and I hope they keep these three locked up for a while.

  • hunter38 Oct 26, 2011

    Looks like three real winners here....now lets see if the state will keep them locked up for more than a day.

  • robbyh Oct 26, 2011

    where would I need to check to see if this item was/is in their possession.
    I would start with the police station.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 26, 2011

    Some LEO department are pretty good about getting some people stuff back when they find it, others just won't take the time and sell at auction. If you really want your stuff back, you have to hound them, check pawns shops and do your own search like this fella did. Sad to say, but that way it is.

  • workingforthosethatwont Oct 26, 2011

    oh the brains of an inmate......

  • 2323 Oct 26, 2011

    Good work Thomas Rains!!!!

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  • annabucciarelli Oct 26, 2011

    I was wondering if this is the group they believe were stealing in the Raeford/Lake Rim area as well. Back around September someone went into my car and took a PDA and personal items. I have the serial number at home for the PDA where would I need to check to see if this item was/is in their possession.