Juvenile charged in rash of crimes

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 16, 2004

GARYSBURG – Citizen awareness led to the detention of a juvenile suspect accused of a rash of robberies on and near Warner Bridge Road in the Garysburg area.

The suspect was placed in secured custody Wednesday morning following tips of information dispersed by area residents to the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department. In a juvenile petition, he was charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor.

The suspect is believed to have been involved in four incidents reported between May 12 and June 12 and faces charges that include breaking and entering of motor vehicle and residence, possession of stolen goods and injury to personal property.

According to Detective Brenda Burnette of Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, a 1992 Chevy Lumina that had been reported stolen on May 12 has since been recovered.

&uot;This is a good example of what can happen when citizens report suspicious or out of the ordinary activities,&uot; said Burnette.

&uot;A lot of times, people don’t report these things because they are afraid of getting involved, but they are not required to reveal their identity; they can simply call and give us whatever information they have.&uot;

She continued,

&uot;It’s tips like these from concerned members of the community that contribute to safer neighborhoods with less crime.&uot;

The juvenile is currently awaiting a hearing.