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Three Lejeune Marines charged in car theft ring

Posted July 30, 2010 2:04 p.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2010 3:17 p.m. EDT

— Three Camp Lejeune Marines have been charged in connection with an interstate car theft ring, Onslow County authorities said Friday.

Aaron Jacob Lee, 19, Joshua Anthony Mathis, 21, and Deangelo Lebron Gearing, 20, face a total of 45 burglary- and theft-related charges.

A K-9 tracked the suspects in a vehicle break-in early Thursday for more than 2 miles before an Onslow County deputy was able to arrest the Marines.

Arkansas State Police recovered a rollback car carrier and a car that had been stolen from Jacksonville. Other vehicles that have been recovered were stolen in Onslow and Pitt counties and on Camp Lejeune, authorities said.

Authorities have also recovered stolen guns and computers, and they said all of the property was traced back to home and vehicle break-ins in the area.

More arrests were expected in the case.