Crime Alert: Rash of robberies in Fayetteville

May 20, 2010 8:59:06 PM PDT
Fayetteville police are asking the public for help in solving a rash of break-ins and burglaries.Investigators say they have a narrow time span for the crime wave from early April to Wednesday, but they're not ruling out any cases before then.

In the meantime, some residents worry the police aren't moving fast enough.

"It's my kids and I worry about their safety and I'm mad as hell cause it's my house," burglary victim Taniesha Wright said.

Wright and her neighbors say they are fed up with the rash of burglaries in their neighborhood.

"I can honestly tell you it's been eight to nine that I know of and none have been solved," break-in victim James Hardister said.

Fayetteville Police have already charged Anthony Maurice Hager Jr. in one case with breaking and entering, but investigators suspect he may be linked to as many as 10 other incidents, each with similar methods of operation.

"His vehicle, a tan Mazda, has been seen in a lot of the break-ins in the area," said Dan Grubb with the Fayetteville Police Department.

Police say the break-ins are mainly in the west Fayetteville area, from along Fort Bragg Road down to Cumberland Road.

They say when Hager was questioned by homeowners or neighbors, his excuse was he was doing yard work or selling a product. Police suspect he had accomplices.

"We are putting the pieces together and anybody that would like to come forward with information we would welcome that information," Grubb said.

Hardister and his neighbors say they hope the crime wave ends soon in their neighborhood.

"They took a flat screen T.V., a brand new laptop, and a few other things," Hardister said. "I've been here 18 years and this is the first time I've had an intrusion like this."

Hager is currently free on bond. ABC11 Eyewitness News has learned he lives with his parents on Fort Bragg.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the cases to contact police.

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