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Third Teen Surrenders To Authorities In Wake Theft Ring

Posted March 10, 2005 5:44 a.m. EST

— Police make another arrest in a crime spree in Wake County allegedly involving Cardinal Gibbons High School students.

Raleigh police booked 18-year-old Adam Williams on 17 different charges.

Williams and two other teens -- Douglas Driver, 17, and Christopher Holt, 18 -- are accused of ripping off the homes and cars of their Cardinal Gibbons classmates. They were scheduled to appear in court Thursday, but the appearance was postponed until March 21.

Raleigh police said the teens operated primarily in North Raleigh, stealing golf clubs, cash, DVD players and other electronic gadgets. The value of the stolen items totals almost $11,000.

Driver and Holt combined face 31 counts of felony and misdemeanor theft charges.

"They are certainly serious charges," said Jim Sughrue, Raleigh police spokesman. "Most commonly they would look for an open garage and an unlocked car and see if there was anything of value in them."

Police said they caught Driver and Holt two weeks ago breaking into a car in the Sunset Ridge subdivision in Holly Springs. That's when they confessed to the elaborate theft ring in north Raleigh, police said.

Police said the suspects hit so many open garages and cars, they don't even know which homes they targeted. Officials plan on taking the teens on a house-hunting field trip.

According to authorities, the teens are cooperating. None of the three are in school. Holt's attorney said the senior is doing classwork from home and performing community service. He still hopes to graduate from Cardinal Gibbons. Williams' attorney said his client is working out a similar arrangement.

Police said the three teens played a dangerous game and got caught.

"When you start talking about the prison time they could face and breaking and entering and taking golf clubs or whatever is there, then it certainly opens their eyes," said Maj. Dennis Lane, of the Raleigh police.

Police said Holt and Driver sold the stolen goods on eBay. They will not comment on whether other students may be arrested. Williams' attorney said after talking with his client, he does not believe more students are involved.