Thief steals NC mom’s purse at daycare to buy gas and car wash, deputies say

Michael Anthony Barber in a photo from Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — Authorities say that a man stole a mom’s purse while she was in a Fayetteville daycare picking up her children.

The incident happened on September 4 when Tracie Legette parked her 2006 Ford Expedition at 3000 Scotty Hill Road in Fayetteville to pick her children up from daycare, Cumberland County Deputies say.

While Legette was in the daycare her Expedition was broken into and her purse was stolen, deputies said.

Michael Anthony Barber, of 461 Huckleberry Drive in Fayetteville, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with five felonies, deputies said.

“Barber can be seen on the daycare’s video surveillance smashing a window on Legette’s Expedition and stealing her purse,” Cumberland County Deputies said in a press release.

Barber then got into a burgundy Dodge Journey and drove away.

Just minutes later, Legette’s credit card  was used at the Exxon gas station at Murchison Road and Pamalee Drive for the purchase of gas and a car wash, deputies said.

“Video surveillance at the gas station captured Barber driving the burgundy Dodge Journey and using Legette’s credit card,” deputies say.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office detectives used the Global Positioning System on Legette’s cell phone to recover the phone which was discarded a few blocks from the theft.

A detective searched the area and found Legette’s purse and some of its contents, deputies say.

Barber was arrested on five felony charges; Break and Enter a Motor Vehicle, Larceny, Possession of Stolen Property, Financial Card Theft, and Obtaining Property by False Pretense.

Barber is currently being held in the Cumberland County jail on a $9,000 secure bond.

 

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