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Benson Police Searching For Suspect in Several Area Break-Ins
Benson Police are searching for a suspect following several area break-ins targeting local businesses.
Multiple breaking and entering warrants have been taken out on Dantrel Ray Collie, 37, of the Dunn area, following a Benson Police investigation into incidents at five locations around town.
The first incident was reported at NC Farm Bureau Insurance along NC-242 on December 28. The suspect smashed a window there and rifled through the office. No items were taken.
A string of break-ins followed the incident at Farm Bureau.
-On Friday (1-10-20), police responded to Wood’s Muffler and Auto Repair along the 1000 block of E. Main Street. A garage bay door had been pried open. According to reports, the suspect entered the business and stole a check from a cash register inside.
-Benson Police responded to an active alarm call at Wood Pharmacy on North Johnson Street on Sunday (1-12-20) around 6:30pm. The suspect made his way inside the business and took several packets of candy on the counter, as well as the entire cash register. There was no money inside the register and no additional items, including pharmaceuticals, were reported stolen.
-A short time later on Sunday, around 7pm, police were alerted to another active alarm — this time at Eastern Carolina Medical Center at Medical Drive off US-301. The suspect smashed a glass door to the pharmacy at this location, entering the building and opening three cash registers. A total of $100 in cash was reported as stolen from this incident.
-In addition, on Monday (1-13-20), Benson Parks and Recreation and the Benson Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) reported several vehicle break-ins at the Benson Civic Center on North Johnson Street. A Parks and Rec truck had been opened and several tools were missing from the vehicle. A BAMA utility trailer was also severely damaged, as a result of being broken in to.
Benson Police were able to link a suspect, later identified as Collie, through video captured at Benson Parks and Recreation, Wood Pharmacy, and Eastern Carolina Medical Center, and the recovery of items of evidence.
Collie’s last known location was in Harnett County in the Old Fairground Road area.
Benson Police are asking anyone with information about Dantrel Ray Collie to contact 919-894-2091 or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can be submitted anonymously.