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Three face 200 charges in four-county break-in spree

Posted December 31, 2009 2:08 p.m. EST

— The Harnett County Sheriff's Office has arrested three men who, together, face nearly 200 charges in connection with 35 break-ins in four counties.

Erwin Antoino Rios, 16, Kevin Joseph Bell, 20, and Dustin Lee Burkes, 25, face a total of 125 felony and 74 misdemeanor charges, including breaking-and-entering, breaking-and-entering a motor vehicle, larceny, larceny of stolen firearms, possession of stolen property and possession of stolen firearms.

Investigators recovered $47,820 worth of stolen property. The break-ins occurred in Sanford, Cameron, Broadway, Bunnlevel, Fayetteville and other areas of Cumberland County.

Burkes, of Sanford, was arrested Dec. 8 and remains in the Harnett County Detention Center under a $360,000 bond.

Bell, of Cameron, and Rios, of Fayetteville, were arrested Thursday. Bell has been released on bond, while Rios was in the Harnett County Detention Center Friday under a $360,000 bond.

Burkes was under supervision by the North Carolina State Department of Correction after moving from Pennsylvania, according to the agency's records. There, he was on probation after being convicted of a September 2008 robbery and simple assault.