Father charged in connection with state car vandalism, gas card thefts ordered to stay away from sons

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A Wake County father is charged with dozens of felonies in connection with state car vandalism and gas card thefts. Police say 36-year-old Rodney Wilson, Sr. turned himself into authorities Tuesday.

State Capitol police say he was committing these crimes with his sons. Dad is accused of being the ringleader in a crime spree that ended up costing the state close to $36,000.

Wilson is accused of smashing in the windows of state vehicles or setting them on fire. State Capitol police say he would then yank out gas credit cards, sell them or rack up charges. The vandalism and thefts took place in September and October of this past year.

Authorities say Wilson's two teenage sons were helping in the scheme. Rodney Wilson, Jr., 18, and 17-year-old Dawtawn Bridges are also facing charges.

Rodney Jermaine Wilson Jr. (L), Dantwan Kayshawn Bridges (R)

Wilson Sr. was in court Wednesday and received strict orders from the judge.

"You are to have no contact with your co-defendants. That being Rodney Wilson Jr. and Dantwan Bridges," said the judge.

Wilson Sr. is being held on a $551,000 bond at the Wake County Detention Center.

State Capitol police say there could be additional charges filed and more arrests.

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