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‘Intruders will be shot,’ the sign said. Video shows how brazen these NC burglars are

Two burglary suspects caught on video with a gun taking items from Sanford, NC home

The Lee County Sheriff's office posted video of two burglary suspects, one carrying a gun, taking items from a Sanford, NC home.
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The Lee County Sheriff's office posted video of two burglary suspects, one carrying a gun, taking items from a Sanford, NC home.

Despite a sign threatening to shoot home intruders, two brazen burglars can be seen in a surveillance video enter a North Carolina home with a rifle and leave with items on Memorial Day weekend.

Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter is asking for the public's assistance to identify two suspects caught on surveillance footage and another suspect not seen on camera in connection to a home in Sanford Saturday. Carter posted the videos of the burglary captured by home surveillance cameras on Facebook Sunday.

The sheriff's office arrested Diandre Nyshawn McLean, 24, of 105 Ruth Ann Lane, Sanford on Saturday after investigators found the getaway car, the sheriff's office said.

McLean was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possessing stolen goods. He is being held on a $15,000 bond.

“Intruders will be shot,” reads a faded sign on the front door of the home, WTVD reported.

Two men can be seen pacing in the house, the surveillance footage shows. One man, wearing a white baseball cap and holding a rifle, seems to be the lookout as he checks multiple rooms and peers out the window and cracked door.

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Another man, in a black hooded-sweatshirt, can be seen walking through a hallway of the home carrying a black box.

The suspects then exit the home carrying a bag and run to an SUV waiting for the suspects on a dirt driveway, the outdoor camera shows.

The burglary happened at 1805 Carthage St. around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff's office said.

Alex Hall Leggette, the owner of the home, reported the burglary to the sheriff's office after receiving a notification on his phone around 2: 30 p.m. Saturday that the home's alarm system had been activated. Leggette left his home around 1:05 p.m. that day.

"Leggette, via his phone, saw men armed with guns in his home from his home video cameras," Sheriff Carter said.

Leggette reported two pistols, a safe containing cash and three watches were missing from his home, Carter said.

It’s unclear if the burglars were aware of the security cameras inside and outside the home.

Sevryn Schaller, a neighbor, said the burglars ran a risk in entering the home, WTVD reported.

“"That's definitely pretty risky considering where they're at," he said. "I mean, not to say that every house here is protected the same way as ours is but there's a certain amount of force that you could be met with when you're out here in the country."

Sheriff Carter is encouraging anyone with information about the identity or location of the suspects to call the CRIME Tip Line at 919-718-4577 or 919-775-5531.

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