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Tip nabs suspect in Cary construction-site theft

Posted February 19, 2010 10:40 a.m. EST

— Cary police credited a citizen tip for leading to the arrest of a Stem man in connection with the December theft of a bucket loader from a construction site.

Bradley Lane Tucker, 28, was charged with felony larceny in the Dec. 6, 2009, theft, and additional charges are pending, police said.

Last week, police released a surveillance photograph and video showing a gray pick-up truck carrying a multipurpose bucket loader driving away from a construction site on O'Kelly Chapel Road.

Police said that a tip generated by the photo and video resulted in Tucker's arrest.

"This case perfectly illustrates how essential it is to foster open communication between our citizens, our officers, and the media," Chief Pat Bazemore said in a statement. "With our Cary Crime Stoppers, we hope to continue this partnership as we keep Cary one of the safest communities in the nation."

Tucker was being held in the Wake County Jail Friday.

Tucker was placed on probation Jan. 12 for a larceny conviction in Durham County, according to state Department of Correction records. DOC records show that he has previous convictions in Durham and Person counties, including assault inflicting serious injury, assault on a female and felony breaking-and-entering. He has also served two 6-month prison terms.