FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The recovery of one stolen car led Fayetteville police to find a murder suspect, as well as, multiple stolen Dodge Chargers.
The stolen cars were found all parked in a yard in the 300 block of Smithfield Street in Fayetteville.
“These were Dodge with Scat Packs and Hellcat packages,” Capt. Shawn Strepay with Fayetteville Police Department said.
He said one of the victims tracked down their car using GPS technology and alerted officers at the Fayetteville Police Cross Creek District. Not only did officers find stolen Dodge Chargers in the yard of the home, but they also found one of the most wanted men in Cumberland County.
“We knocked on the door, that’s when we encountered somebody actually jumping out of the window,” Captain Strepay said.
That person was 21-year-old Jocephus Jones. He tried to run from officers. They quickly caught and arrested Jones. He’s wanted in Cumberland County for the April 17 murder of Victoria Jefferson,18, in Hope Mills. Jones is now in the Cumberland County Detention Center without a bond.
“It goes to show each and every call we go to, we never know what we are getting into,” Strepay said.
Police detained four other people inside the home. Haley Wheeler, 21, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for arrest for fleeing to elude. Jahmere Thomas, 35, was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and felony conspiracy.
“We are trying to see what the end goal was. So, we can work toward preventing this from happening in the future,” Capt. Strepay said.
A search warrant was executed for the residence and the property. Police said two additional Dodge Chargers, a Hell Cat and a Scat Pack, had been reported stolen. One vehicle had been stolen the previous evening, and one had been stolen out of Hoke County in April. One Charger on the property was confirmed to be involved in a felony flee to elude and was seized.
The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau also responded to the scene due to certain vehicles not having Vehicle Identification Numbers.
Investigators said most of the cars were locked when they were stolen. Police are urging owners of these type of Dodge cars to invest in GPS technology or an additional wheel or steering wheel locking mechanism.
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