Fayetteville man arrested after 13-hour crime spree

Dennis Price (Fayetteville Police Department)

July 14, 2010 1:35:21 PM PDT
Thirty-one-year-old Dennis Wayne Price, Jr. of Fayetteville was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a string of robberies beginning early in the morning.

Police say Price was involved in several robberies Tuesday in Fayetteville, Hope Mills and other parts of Cumberland County --the last occurring at a Food Lion grocery store on Fisher Road.

The other prior incidents were at 2:22 a.m. at the Kangaroo on Owen Drive, at 3:40 a.m. at The Pantry on Cedar Creek Road, at 11:48 a.m. at Family Dollar on Fisher Road, and at 3:24 p.m. at the BP Station on Clinton Road.

Price's record includes 21 prior offenses that date back to 1997.

"This apprehension of Mr. Price is a prime example of great inter-agency cooperation," Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said. "During the search for this dangerous felon, the Fayetteville Police Department, the Hope Mills Police Department and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office maintained communication throughout and his capture was the end result. Mr. Price is the type of repeat offender that accounts for a disproportionate amount of crime in our area and has little regard for other members of our community."

Rebecca Chesseman has also been charged in connection with the crime spree and is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Meanwhile, Price's bond was increased to $250,000 cash on Wednesday.

Fayetteville Police Spokesperson Dan Grubb says Price's bond was increased, because it is believed that had he been released, there was a strong likelihood that he would have continued the activity until apprehended because of the apparent need to feed a substance abuse Tuesday.

Authorities report that Price is also a known gang associate.

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