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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

August 14, 2009

www.atf.gov

Contact: Earl Woodham

(704) 716-1843

News Conference Scheduled To Announce The Dismantling Of One Of The Largest Organized Home Burglary Rings In North Carolina History

LBEMARLE, NC — A news conference has been scheduled to announce the federal indictments of at least nine (9) defendants that were engaged in a highly organized home burglary ring for several years in both North and South Carolina. This criminal enterprise consists of mostly multi-convicted felons that targeted homes in the North Carolina counties of Stanly, Cabarrus, Anson, Rowan, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Davidson, Mecklenburg and Union, and the counties of York and Marlboro in South Carolina. Hundreds of home burglaries are attributed to this gang where hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal property was stolen, to include over 125 firearms. The members of this crime ring utilized sophisticated fixed and mobile surveillance and operated in organized teams with team leaders to identify and burglarize their targeted homes. Over ten (10) law enforcement agencies along with ATF conducted an unprecedented joint investigation covering a massive geographical area with multiple jurisdictions to perfect the charges on these defendants.

Who: Representatives from the following agencies will address the public and answer questions regarding their respective roles in the investigation: Sheriff’s Offices from the North Carolina counties of Stanly, Cabarrus, Anson, Rowan, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Davidson, Union and Randolph, the Albemarle Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

What: A news conference will be held to identify the members of the criminal enterprise, the charges and the roles of the individual law enforcement agencies. A photographic matrix link chart of the defendant’s criminal relationship along with over 125 recovered firearms will be displayed. A copy of the federal indictment will be distributed to the media.

When: Thursday, August 20, 2009. The set up for the media will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the news conference beginning promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Stanley Commons Building, 1000 North 1st Street, Albemarle, North Carolina 28001.

More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.

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