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Suspect nabbed in Walmart thefts; two more sought

Posted August 22, 2013 5:15 p.m. EDT
Updated August 23, 2013 8:52 a.m. EDT

— Authorities said Thursday they have arrested a Henderson man and are searching for two others wanted in connection with thefts of more than $150,000 in electronics from Walmart stores across the state.

James Drenell Branch, 26, is charged with two counts of felony larceny, shoplifting concealment of goods and conspiracy to commit larceny, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department. Branch was being held in the Wake County Jail on unrelated charges when he was additionally charged in the thefts. His bond was $97,600.

Authorities have also obtained arrest warrants for Damien Lamar Bullock, 20, and Christopher Eugene Bullock, 20, both of Henderson. The men are charged with the same counts as Branch. All the suspects are related.

Chatham County sheriff’s deputies are working with Roxboro and Holly Springs police officers on the investigation and said they think the men are responsible for thefts from Walmarts across the state. The thefts, described as “smash and grab,” all happened between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m.

Two thefts occurred June 23 and 24 at the store on U.S. Highway 15-501 at the Chatham-Orange county line. Investigators said the thieves entered through the main door and left through a locked door in the garden center. Chatham deputies said the thieves netted about $10,000 in stolen goods.

Authorities did not say Thursday whether the items have been recovered.