Man wanted in string of Fayetteville car break-ins
Posted June 9, 2016 7:34 p.m. EDT
Fayetteville, N.C. — Fayetteville police are searching for a man wanted in a string of vehicle break-ins over the past month.
Authorities said that Clinton Tyreese Lewis, 22, of the 260 block of Waterdown Drive, may have worked with others in a string of robberies from cars that were left unsecured between May 2 and June 5.
Police said Lewis was identified as a suspect after he pawned an item on May 31 that had been reported stolen from a vehicle earlier that day. A search of Lewis’ house found several more items that had been reported stolen from vehicles, as well as the keys to a gray Ford F150 pick-up truck that was reported stolen on May 5.
The vehicle matched the description of a truck used in several additional incidents and was recovered Tuesday at a vacant residence in the 5200 block of Longbranch Drive.
On Tuesday, Fayetteville police officers attempted to locate Lewis in a parking lot in the 5300 block of Yadkin Road, where he was known to frequently wash vehicles. Lewis was alerted to the approaching officers and fled on foot before they arrived, police said.
Lewis has been charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretenses.
Police said Lewis has a lengthy criminal record that includes a conviction on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is a known gang member who is believed to have a gun on him and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
Anybody with information about Lewis’ whereabouts is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-580-2282 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.
Anybody who believes they may have been a victim of one of the vehicle break-ins should call Fayetteville police at 910-433-1529 with a detailed description of their missing items.