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Former Cary Convenience Store Clerk Turns Himself in to Police

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CARY — A Cary convenience store clerk who staged his own disappearance turned himself in to police Tuesday afternoon.

Larry Jones arrived at the Wake County jail with his brother and a member of his legal team. He turned himself in after learning that two new embezzlement charges had been filed against him.

Warrants accuse Jones of taking more than $33,000 from the convenience store he co-owned. The embezzlement charges are felonies and could carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and/or a fine.

Jones was also accused of taking $9,000 from the Cary Oil Company when he disappeared in March 1998. That charge is being dismissed.

Jones resurfaced April 11, when he called police to tell them that he was OK. Jones did not turn himself in until Tuesday because authorities were rewriting warrants with the exact amounts that he allegedly embezzled.

Cary Police Lieutenant Steve Lee says Jones' reappearance closes the two-year-old case.

"I hope one day that if nothing else, Larry Jones and Steve Lee may be able to sit down and talk to each other like two people," Lee says.

Officials say it appears that Jones may have spent much of the last two years in Gulfport, Miss.

Russell DeMent, Jones' attorney, says Jones just wants to move on and try to resume his life as much as he can.

Jones is free on bond.



Len Besthoff, Reporter
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