Cumberland County Detectives Put Two Theft Rings Out of Business
Posted October 15, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT
FAYETTEVILLE — As a rash of break-ins spread across Cumberland County, the sheriff's office shifted into high gear. The effort paid off; investigators said it didn't take long to put two theft rings out of business.
Cumberland County detectives said they put the brakes on a burglary ring when they found a yard full of all-terrain vehicles at a trailer on Whitehead Road. They nabbed three suspects, including Tony Faircloth, who let them search the trailer. Inside, investigators discovered even more goods believed to be stolen. In all, they seized about $55,000 worth of merchandise, as well as three loaded guns.
Lt. Jimmy Black of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said the subjects were responsible for numerous break-ins.
Detectives determined one all-terrain vehicle belonged to Billy Meins, who never expected to ride it again.
After about a hundred break-ins over the last couple of months in the eastern part of the county, the sheriff's office set up a task force to target the problem. In just two weeks, investigators said they've been able to bust two theft rings. Black said the break-ins wouldn't be tolerated.
Investigators will try to return each item to its rightful owner while continuing to search for more suspects, including several teenagers.
Detectives broke up another ring over the weekend, making three arrests and confiscating about $25,000 worth of property.