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3 Charged in Fayetteville Theft Ring

Posted January 18, 2007 5:08 p.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2007 5:49 p.m. EST

— Three Fayetteville residents have been charged with operating what authorities described as a major theft ring that targeted area churches and businesses.

Joyce Ann Tompkins, 25, of 2612 Crystal Springs Drive, Henry Arnold Hall III, 23, of 1732 Tom Starling Road, and Jimmie Wayne Reaves, 21, of 2613 Crystal Springs Drive, were arrested earlier this week, authorities said.

A string of churches and businesses were broken into in recent months, and more than $100,000 in property was stolen, authorities said. The stolen items included a $55,000 Ford F-450 pickup, a $10,000 tractor, a $14,000 lawnmower, a $6,000 all-terrain vehicle, more than $13,000 in power tools and a $25,000 church van.

Authorities said they believe the stolen items were being sold for cash to buy drugs. Some of the items have been recovered.

Tompkins faces nine felony charges, including conspiracy to commit a felony, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit a larceny. She remains in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $4,000 secured bond.

Hall faces 33 felony charges, including larceny of property, possession of stolen property, felony breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit a felony and larceny of stolen goods. He remains in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $53,000 secured bond.

Reaves faces six felony charges, including larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit a felony. He remains in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

The case remains under investigation, and more charges are expected, authorities said.