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Zebulon man charged in three-county break-in spree

Posted February 9, 2012
Updated February 11, 2012

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— A 22-year-old Zebulon man accused of 12 vehicle break-ins in three counties was arrested Thursday in Raeford, according to court documents.

Tony Tyler Cole was being held in the Wake County jail under a bond of more than $1 million. 

He faces 12 counts of breaking and entering and seven counts of larceny. Warrants allege that Cole stole a laptop computer and digital camera, totaling $1,600 in value, from a man's Ford pickup truck on Nov. 9.

That was part of a string of four vehicle break-ins that day in Franklin County. The other charges stem from break-ins in Nash and Johnston counties, authorities said.

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  • redrubberball1 Feb 10, 2012

    "Holy Cow! This backs up my arguement about the justice system caring more about someone stealing monetary items than assault, rape or child abuse. It seems like if someone steals items for monetary gain, they throw the book at them and seek the most bond for them. Let him beat someone down, try to kill them or molest a child, they would give him less bond. This society places anyone trying to steal money in a more inferior light than someone stealing innocence or causing bodily harm. I bet the main reason is that the government is not getting their cut off of the money they are stealing. I bet if he paid taxes on the money he got off of the crime he would have a lowered bond."

    This is foolishness.

  • ligonmaterial23 Feb 10, 2012

    Say you have a family and a nice large house with lots of friends and family around , good job , not much if any of a history , then your bond is likely to be on the low side since you have much to loose if you flee vrs a person with nothing to his name really with a long history and nothing really to keep him from fleeing then his bond will be higher . If im not mistaken the more times you get arrested you bond goes higher and higher

  • alwayslovingu30 Feb 10, 2012

    let see if he can use the governors mansion addy to get out of jail like A dui driver did.they accepted it an let him free he hasnt been arrested since.He had only A dui.then he stole his car from impound an hit A another customer car on the way out.the law stopped looking for him even tho he visited the bar on horton street in zebulon quit A bit.the law at the door an could not find him.crimminals with badges.I chased him thru town one day an almost got A ticket my self thying to stop A crook the town could not find driving the same car he was pulled for on dui.

  • didisaythat Feb 10, 2012

    The conspiracy theory about the bond amount is wrong. It has nothing to do with taxes not being paid. They look at the crime, the history of the suspect. The likelyhood of coming to court and if more crime will be committed if released. you also have the opinions of the magistrate who is setting the bond. I don't think the magistrate is getting a letter from the "government" saying make b&e suspects get a high bond and rapists get a low bond.

  • The Fox Feb 10, 2012

    Dear frisky, welcome to the club.

  • killing_me_softly Feb 9, 2012

    Holy Cow! This backs up my arguement about the justice system caring more about someone stealing monetary items than assault, rape or child abuse. It seems like if someone steals items for monetary gain, they throw the book at them and seek the most bond for them. Let him beat someone down, try to kill them or molest a child, they would give him less bond. This society places anyone trying to steal money in a more inferior light than someone stealing innocence or causing bodily harm. I bet the main reason is that the government is not getting their cut off of the money they are stealing. I bet if he paid taxes on the money he got off of the crime he would have a lowered bond.

    I think that this comment should be reposted over and over and over and over again. I love it!

  • friskymonkey2 Feb 9, 2012

    Holy Cow! This backs up my arguement about the justice system caring more about someone stealing monetary items than assault, rape or child abuse. It seems like if someone steals items for monetary gain, they throw the book at them and seek the most bond for them. Let him beat someone down, try to kill them or molest a child, they would give him less bond. This society places anyone trying to steal money in a more inferior light than someone stealing innocence or causing bodily harm. I bet the main reason is that the government is not getting their cut off of the money they are stealing. I bet if he paid taxes on the money he got off of the crime he would have a lowered bond.