Wake Forest police charge man in theft of computers, phones from Walmart

From staff reportsOctober 8, 2013 

— Police charged Monday that a Henderson man, working with at least two other people, stole $10,000 worth of laptop computers and cell phones from a Walmart store one day in July.

James Dranell Branch, 26, of 911 Bridgers St. in Henderson was in custody on others charges by Raleigh police when Wake Forest police served him with the larceny charges from what they said was a July 16 incident.

The warrant says that Branch worked with a woman and “persons unknown” to take the computers and cell phones.

Raleigh police had charged Branch on July 10 with felony sexual assault and missing a court date.

They arrested him again Aug. 21 on charges of larceny and attempted larceny, and he has been at the Wake County Detention Center since then.

In all, he is accused of: six counts of felony larceny; two counts of attempted felony larceny; three counts of conspiracy to commit felony larceny; one count of aiding or abetting felony larceny; four counts of failure to appear; five bond-related violations; one count of larceny involving an anti-theft device; one count of shoplifting; and two charges of being a habitual felon.

Police and sheriff’s deputies estimate Branch may have taken more than $150,000 from Walmart stores across the state.

Branch, 26, had his bail set at $452,200.

Branch was scheduled for a first court appearance on the latest charges on Tuesday.

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