Police: Men tried to trade in stolen SUV at Raleigh used-car dealer

From staff reportsNovember 27, 2012 

Paul Weston Bryant Jr.

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Two men who police say tried to swap a stolen Lincoln SUV for another vehicle at the CarMax on Glenwood Avenue ended up facing several drug charges as well.

Jamel Maurice Shanck, 35, of Orangeburg, S.C., and Paul Weston Bryant Jr., 34, of Raleigh showed up at CarMax with the stolen gold Lincoln on Monday, according to Raleigh police. The two men hoped to leave with a Mercedes ML-350 SUV, according to arrest warrants.

Detectives arrested the two about 2 a.m. Tuesday. They found that Shanck had a string of aliases, including Alexander Williams, and that under that name he was wanted by New York on a felony drug charge and also is wanted in Somerset County, N.J.

Jailed under the Williams name, he was being held Tuesday on $85,000 bail. Raleigh police charged him with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.

When police arrested Bryant, according to his arrest warrant, they found between 28 and 200 grams of cocaine, a felony. The warrant did not list a specific amount. Police also found a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber handgun, the warrant said.

Police charged Bryant, of 4601-1616 Twisted Oaks Drive, with trafficking in cocaine, maintaining the apartment as a place to keep drugs, possession of a firearm by a felon attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

The gun-possession charge is based on Bryant’s 2006 guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in June 2005, police said. State prison records show he served 23 months for that conviction.

Bryant was being held on $200,000 bail.

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