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Two charged in 'major theft ring' in Carolinas

Posted June 17, 2009 4:26 p.m. EDT

— Cumberland County investigators have charged two people with operating what authorities describe as a major theft ring in North and South Carolina.

Raymond Lee Jones III, 34, of 5846 Pettigrew Drive in Fayetteville, was charged with breaking into several homes in Robeson and Brunswick counties. He was being held Wednesday in the Robeson County Jail under a $60,000 secured bond.

Investigators said they have linked Jones to dozens of residential burglaries in Fayetteville, Sampson County, Carolina Beach, Sunset Beach and Dillon and Marlborough counties in South Carolina. He was charged with those thefts after a fingerprint was lifted from a home owned by a Fort Bragg soldier that had been burglarized, authorities said.

Harry Truman Parker, 61, of 6523 Clinton Road in Stedman, faces charges of possessing and receiving stolen goods in the case. He is the owner of Parker’s Gold, a pawn shop where several items stolen in the break-ins were resold to unwitting customers.

Parker was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond.