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Trio charged in string of break-ins

Posted July 18, 2008

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— Detectives in Cumberland and Sampson counties have teamed up to solved a number of recent breaking and entering cases, authorities said Friday.

Eric Jevone Bennett, 29, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. Rick Richards and Crystal Bunnells also have been charged in the case, authorities said.

A crime spree began on July 8, when a homeowner on Bonnettsville Road in Salemburg returned home to find a vehicle in his garage with three people inside, authorities said. When the man opened the garage door, the vehicle backed out and the occupants began firing shots at him, authorities said.

The man returned fire, striking the vehicle at least once, authorities said. No one was reported injured in the incident.

Firearms, jewelry and electronics were stolen from at least two homes off N.C. Highway 210 South in Spring Lake that same day, authorities said.

A July 10 carjacking and police chase that ended in Massey Hill with Bennett's arrest ended the crime spree, authorities said.

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  • doubletrouble Jul 18, 2008

    Sad thing is...if he went to investigate his garage, and these 3 gentlemen began to shoot at him, and then he returned fire...if he had hurt or killed one of them, the homeowner would have possibly been in alot of trouble, or sued for wrongful death. The law around home protection/property protection in NC is so "grey", it needs to be sured up like it is in Texas, with the Castle Doctrine. Most of the poorer counties in NC are strapped for LE coverage, especially in rural areas. In my county, sometimes there are only 7 deputies,..to cover the WHOLE county and 45 minute response times are not unheard of. So..who is gonna wait for them to show up for help? With things like they are, this type of thing is only going to get worse, and funding for LE isn't going to get any better. In my rural town, the local bank was robbed twice, in a month..with the Police Station next door.