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Goldsboro police charge three men with vehicle break-in

Posted December 16, 2009 9:31 a.m. EST

— Goldsboro police arrested three men early Wednesday and charged them with breaking and entering a vehicle, attempted larceny of a vehicle – both felonies – and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer – a misdemeanor.

A fourth man wanted in the case is at-large. Police said they are pursuing leads on his identity and location.

The three men arrested were:

  • Lashawn McCullen, 23
  • Santos Rodriguez, 20
  • Justin Johnson, 19

Two Goldsboro police officers said they spotted four men near a suspicious vehicle in the roadway at Ash and Slocumb streets around 3 a.m. The men were also walking in the nearby parking lot of Ash Street Automotive.

The men ran away when officers tried to investigate. Police captured two men after a one-block foot chase and a third man two blocks away. The fourth man got away.

Officers said they found an AK-47 assault rifle in the vehicle on the roadway, and the vehicle appeared to be disabled. Police found the vehicle owner's wallet and identification inside and were trying to contact the person.

A nearby vehicle in the parking lot had its ignition "'popped' in an apparent attempt to steal it," police said.

The three men were each held under a $50,000 secured bond. Additional charges are expected concerning possession of the AK-47 and the vehicle in the roadway, police said.