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3 NC Men Arrested In Series Of Wal-Mart Thefts

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PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say three men from Henderson have been identified in connection with a theft ring that targeted Wal-Mart stores across central North Carolina.

A statement from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation involving police departments from Roxboro and Holly Springs led to the arrests.

Sheriff Richard Webster said investigators were able to identify the suspects after two thefts from a Wal-Mart on the Chatham-Orange county line. He said the smash-and-grab thefts netted $150,000 in electronic items.

Officials say 26-year-old James Drenell Branch is being held in the Wake County jail on unrelated charges. Authorities are still searching for 20-year-old Damien Lamar Bullock and 29-year-old Christopher Eugene Bullock. The three are each charged with two counts of felony larceny, shoplifting concealment of goods and conspiracy to commit felony larceny.

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