Wednesday, 16 October 2019 17:34

2 teens charged in Hamlet vehicle break-ins

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Police say these teens are responsible for breaking into five vehicles earlier this month. Police say these teens are responsible for breaking into five vehicles earlier this month. Still image from video posted by victim

HAMLET — Police have charged two teens in a series of vehicle break-ins earlier this month.

According to Capt. Randy Dover of the Hamlet Police Department, 16-year-old Gilbert E. Gissendaner II and an unnamed 15-year-old are responsible for breaking into five vehicles on the east side of town in two nights.

According to warrants, the pair broke into a 2009 Jeep Cherokee at a home on Louis Breeden Boulevard on Oct. 7.

They are accused of taking an e-cigarette, a woman’s wallet, $70 in currency, a 30-day registration card, a debit card, an H-VAC license, a driver’s license and social security card.

They were reportedly caught on camera during this, which police say made it easier to identify the suspects faster. The victim also posted the video to the Richmond Observer's Facebook page.

The teens also allegedly stole a semi-automatic handgun from a 2008 Buick Lucerne; two portable chargers and wireless earbuds from a 2001 Honda Odyssey; 90 hytrol (high blood pressure) pills from a 2011 Dodge Ram; and an ashtray from a 2001 Chevrolet Venture.

Gissendaner was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts each breaking or entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

He was given a $50,000 unsecured bond and released into the custody of his guardian.

The same charges will be filed against the juvenile, Dover said.

Gissendaner is being charged as an adult, as the state’s Raise the Age law does not go into effect until Dec. 1.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Dover said there were numerous vehicle break-ins across the county reported Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, including Hamlet.

He stressed the importance of residents locking the doors of their vehicles to deter theft.


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