Harnett Authorities Make Arrests In String Of Burglaries
Posted December 28, 2005 6:50 a.m. EST
HARNETT COUNTY, N.C. — Harnett County investigators arrested more than twenty people in connection with a series of burglaries countywide.
One of the victims, Barry Hanson, came home from work to find an upset dog and his video games gone.
"Once it all soaked in, I was pretty angry," said Hanson. "I was upset. I guess I felt how anyone else felt if they got broken into."
He's not the only burglary victim. Robert Gibson's house also was targeted by thieves.
"It's disgusting," said Gibson. "It makes you want to throw up actually."
In fact, Harnett County investigators count roughly 30 burglaries. But they think they've now solved the cases. They arrested 22 suspects, who they said worked together in rings.
Those arrested in connection with crimes in the Country Squire area include:
Those arrested and charged with crimes in the Lake Charles and Killdeer area include:
Those arrested and charged with crimes in the Coats area include:
The Harnett County Sheriff's Office has arrested several other subjects in the past two weeks who are alleged to have committed burglaries and related crimes in other areas of the county:
"They've stopped, in a sense," said Sheriff Larry Rollins. "Once we got these guys arrested, this chilled the waters."
Investigators found stolen items ranging from jewelry and stereos to weapons. They also recovered a $3,000 freon machine.
Hanson and Gibson don't know if they'll get anything back.
"That's a bad feeling," said Gibson. "It's a bad feeling to come home and somebody invaded your privacy."
Authorities said the break-ins had occurred over the past few months. They hope the arrests made in this case will help to solve cases in Johnston and Wake counties.