Police arrest 'Bubble Gum Bandit'

Jonathan Speight (Image courtesy Fayetteville Police Department)

January 9, 2012 10:36:56 AM PST
Police say they've arrested the so-called 'Bubble Gum Bandit' again.

A spokesperson for the Fayetteville Police Department said Jonathan Speight, 39, earned the nickname for a series of burglaries involving coin-operated machines.

Speight's latest arrest came Sunday - just two months after he was released by the North Carolina Department of Correction.

Just before 7 a.m., officers went to the Hot Diggity Dog restaurant at 1118 Ramsey St. for an intruder alarm. When they got there, an officer said he saw Speight leaving the area on a bicycle. A back wall of the business was knocked in and quarters were missing from an American Cancer Society display.

Officers said when they approached Speight, he dropped a handful of quarters.

He was taken to the Cumberland Co. Jail and held under $3,000 bond.

According to prison records, Speight has more than 20 breaking and entering arrests dating back to 2000.

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