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Wendell gun shop theft is a big fail

Wendell police officer Jason Fulghum, left, and Perry's Gun Shop employee Mike Poole look over some of the items recovered by police after men tried to steal from Perry's Gun Shop.
Wendell police officer Jason Fulghum, left, and Perry's Gun Shop employee Mike Poole look over some of the items recovered by police after men tried to steal from Perry's Gun Shop. jwhitfield@newsobserver.com

Police arrested five Henderson people in connection with an attempted theft Tuesday afternoon at Perry’s Gun Shop.

About 3:15, two men entered the store, according to Wendell police Capt. John Slaughter. One of the men, Joshua Brian Chastain, went to a display case containing gun scopes. He found the case unlocked and took three scopes, valued at about $2,500, out of the case and ran out the door with the other man. Once outside, the men jumped into a waiting car and sped away.

Slaughter, who happened to be in his police cruiser at the intersection across from Perry’s Gun Shop, saw the men run out of the store and the car speed away.

He gave chase and the car, a 2005 PT Cruiser, turned left onto Fourth Street and turned right onto Main Street before stopping in front of Universal Chevrolet.

Chastain jumped from the car and ran, according to Slaughter. After a short foot chase, Slaughter caught Chastain at the intersection of Oakwood Avenue and Wendell Boulevard, about two blocks away.

The other four people, Slaughter said, obeyed police orders to stay with the vehicle.

Slaughter said store video showed the car being backed into a parking space while the men were in the store. One of the occupants got out of the car and attempted to obstruct the camera’s view of the car’s license plate.

Those arrested include:

• Chastain, 26, of 3904 Southern Land Road, Henderson, is in the Wake County Jail under $75,000 bond. He is charged with felony larceny, organized retail theft and resisting police.

• Rodney Tyler Creech, 20, of 516 Fawn Drive, Henderson, was charged with aiding and abetting a larceny, organized retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say he was the man who entered the store with Chastain. He is jailed under $201,000 bond.

• Jessica Ann Renn, 26, of 398 Swain Drive, Henderson, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, aiding and abetting a larceny and organized retail theft. She is in jail under $75,000 bond. Police believe she was driving the getaway car.

• Jonathan Robert Currin, 29, also of 298 Swain Drive, Henderson, was charged with aiding and abetting a larceny, organized retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is in the Wake County Jail under $75,000 bond.

• Jonathan Davis Babb, 28, of 794 Club Pond Road, Henderson, was charged with aiding and abetting a larceny, organized retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is in jail under $100,000 bond.

Police recovered the stolen items and had a gun store employee on the scene shortly after the arrests to identify the stolen items.

The chase drew a lot of attention from passersby and other downtown business owners because every Wendell police officer on duty at the time responded to the scene. Some of them drew their service weapons as they made the initial arrests.

Police also seized the vehicle because it was used in the commission of a felony. No one was hurt in the incident. The gun shop is located diagonally across the intersection of Third and Pine Streets from the police department.

Johnny Whitfield: 919-829-4823, @_JWhitfield

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