Local News

Second man charged in Oxford break-ins

Posted August 12, 2008 11:09 a.m. EDT
Updated August 12, 2008 11:44 a.m. EDT

— Oxford police arrested a second man Monday in connection with a series of burglaries in the city. Police charged Andrew "Babe" Thorpe, Jr. 22, with 21 counts of breaking and entering.

A Granville County man believed to have worked with Thorpe was charged Aug. 8.

Antonio Hatcher, 22, of Lewis Road in Oxford, faces 22 counts of felony breaking and entering, 16 counts of felony larceny, two counts of felony breaking and entering in a place of worship and one count of attempted first-degree burglary and 17 counts of misdemeanor damage to property.

He was being held in the Granville County jail under a $500,000 bond.

Thorpe was charged with 21 counts of breaking and entering, 19 counts of larceny after breaking and entering and five counts of attempted breaking and entering.

The church break-ins with which police charged Hatcher were at the Greater Harvest Full Gospel Bible Church and Upon This Rock Ministries. It was unclear whether Thorpe was accused in those incidents.

He was being held on $600,000 bond.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests are pending.

Since March, police have investigated more than 60 break-ins in Oxford in which the thief or thieves typically ransacked their targets.

"It's not unusually for us to have burglaries but in the numbers we've been dealing with since March, that was highly unusual," Oxford police Chief John Wolford said.

Oxford residents with any information relevant to the cases are asked to contact the Oxford Police Department at 919-693-3161 or Crime Stoppers at 919-693-3100.