Girl sought after teens breaking into cars are nabbed with stolen guns, Fayetteville police say

Aoife McElrath (left) and Jacquez Taylor in a photos from Fayetteville Police.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities are searching for a teen girl after she was nabbed with a teen boy in connection with stolen guns and thefts from vehicles in Fayetteville, police say.

The incident was reported around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday in the area of London Court in north Fayetteville, police said in an email.

There was a report of a “a suspicious person who was possibly breaking into a motor vehicle,” Fayetteville police said.

Two people ran off when police got there, but one of them, Aoife McElrath, 17, was found in a car nearby, police said.

Jacquez Taylor, 18, was the second suspect who fled on foot, but he was on electronic monitoring for post release supervision for an earlier conviction of common law robbery, police said.

Using electronica monitoring, Taylor was found later on Tuesday the morning and is being held on several charges.

Although McElrath was initially arrested on Tuesday, she was released after being charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Officials later developed more charges against her after she was released.

“During the investigation… McElrath… was in the possession of a handgun inside of the vehicle that was stolen during a recent motor vehicle breaking and entering,” police said.

“Officers would locate a second stolen handgun in the vehicle and evidence associated with a motor vehicle breaking and entering from Stone Carriage Circle near the Bingham Drive corridor,” police added.

McElrath has been charged with the following in connection with the motor vehicle breaking and entering crimes:

• Possession of a Stolen Firearm
• Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
• Felonious Larceny
• Felonious Possession of Stolen Goods
• Misdemeanor Larceny
• Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Goods

Taylor is charged with the following in connection with motor vehicle breaking and entering crimes from across the city:

• Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle (5 counts)
• Larceny of a Firearm (2 counts)
• Possession of a Stolen Firearm (2 counts)
• Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (2 counts)
• Felonious Larceny
• Felonious Possession of Stolen Goods
• Misdemeanor Larceny (2 counts)
• Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Goods (2 counts)

Taylor is being held at Cumberland County Detention Center on a $115,000 secure bond.

Anyone with information regarding the involvement of McElrath and Taylor or other motor vehicle breaking and entering offenses, is asked to contact Detective A. Dickinson with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 709-7812 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).

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