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Five charged in string of vehicle break-ins

Posted April 22, 2010 4:16 p.m. EDT
Updated April 22, 2010 4:20 p.m. EDT

— Wake County deputies have charged five men in dozens of vehicle break-ins, and Harnett County and Johnston County authorities are also expected to file charges against the men.

Donald Michael Jenkins, 19, and Thomas Lee Jenkins, 18, both of 5611 Cornwallis Road in Garner; Gregory Kenneth Poole, 19, of 4501 Harnett Central Road in Angier; Eric Christopher Jones, 22, of 829 Old Crowder Road in Raleigh; and Jaquares Devante Purdie, 17, of 125 Mohawk Drive in Garner, were charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, first-degree burglary, larceny, possession of stolen property, larceny of a firearm and felony conspiracy.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Thursday that the group was responsible for about 70 vehicle break-ins in subdivisions across Wake County between January and last week.

Harrison said similar break-ins have occurred in Harnett and Johnston counties. The men referred to the break-ins as "car hopping," authorities said.

Deputies worked with local community watch groups and conducted surveillance to break the burglary ring, Harrison said.

Noting that almost all of the vehicles that were broken into had been left unlocked, the sheriff urged people to lock their cars and to take note of suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.