Pair faces slew of charges after string of cigarette burglaries in Fayetteville

Mary Hunt,  left, and John Owen, are accused by police of a string of gas station burglaries. (Fayetteville Police Department)
Mary Hunt, left, and John Owen, are accused by police of a string of gas station burglaries. (Fayetteville Police Department)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Police have accused two people of a string of gas station and tobacco store burglaries in which large amounts of cigarettes were taken.

John Owen, 44, of the 200 block of Jason Road, Parkton, and Mary Hunt, 41, of the 100 block of Hopedale Street, Fayetteville, have been charged.

(Fayetteville Police)
(Fayetteville Police)

The pair were arrested Oct. 31 after a short vehicle chase in Hope Mills, according to Fayetteville police.

Both are being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center. Owen’s bond was set at $50,000 secured, while Hunt’s is $10,000 secured, police said.

The burglaries seemed to be aimed at obtaining large amounts of cigarettes, police said.

Fayetteville police say they’ve charged Owen with with the following:

  • four counts of felony breaking and entering
  • four counts of larceny after breaking and entering
  • four counts of possession of stolen goods
  • three counts of felony conspiracy
  • two counts of misdemeanor larceny
  • two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods
  • one count of misdemeanor conspiracy

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Fayetteville police say he’s also facing one count each of the following charges from Hope Mills:

  • breaking and entering of motor vehicle
  • larceny of motor vehicle
  • possession of stolen motor vehicle
  • felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle
  • resisting a public officer

Police said Hunt has been charged by Fayetteville authorities with the following crimes:

  • felony breaking and entering
  • larceny after breaking and entering
  • felony possession of stolen goods
  • felony conspiracy

Hunt’s charges stem from an incident at the BP Family Fare at 3215 Raeford Road on Oct. 31, according to police.

Some of Owen’s charges stem from that incident, while others stemm from incidents at the following places on the listed dates, police said:

  • BP Family Fare, 201 S. Eastern Blvd., Sept. 26
  • BP Family Fare, 225 Rowan St., Oct. 27
  • Exxon Short Stop, 2602 Raeford Rd., Oct. 28
  • Kangaroo Express, 1764 Ireland Drive, Oct. 28
  • Kangaroo Express, 1300 Hope Mills Rd., Oct. 31

Anyone with information about other crimes that might be tied to the two is asked to call Fayetteville police Det. J. Nevitt at (910) 703-3499 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS.

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