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Trio charged in string of break-ins

Posted July 18, 2008 2:43 p.m. EDT

— Detectives in Cumberland and Sampson counties have teamed up to solved a number of recent breaking and entering cases, authorities said Friday.

Eric Jevone Bennett, 29, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. Rick Richards and Crystal Bunnells also have been charged in the case, authorities said.

A crime spree began on July 8, when a homeowner on Bonnettsville Road in Salemburg returned home to find a vehicle in his garage with three people inside, authorities said. When the man opened the garage door, the vehicle backed out and the occupants began firing shots at him, authorities said.

The man returned fire, striking the vehicle at least once, authorities said. No one was reported injured in the incident.

Firearms, jewelry and electronics were stolen from at least two homes off N.C. Highway 210 South in Spring Lake that same day, authorities said.

A July 10 carjacking and police chase that ended in Massey Hill with Bennett's arrest ended the crime spree, authorities said.