Broadway Man Arrested For Burglary, Kidnapping and Assault on a Female

11/21/2017    Timothy Wayne Watts (41) of 703 Burgess Cir. Broadway was arrested at 4:15 AM after he broke into his former girlfriend’s (Shannon Leigh Tart) home located at 1598 Dixie Farm Road, Sanford. Watts was reported to have assaulted her and removed her from the home against her will saying her was going to kill her. Watts was located with Tart in Harnett County by Harnett County Sheriff deputies approximately 15 minutes after the report was made. Tart was found unharmed. Watts was held under no bond for 1st Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Kidnapping, and assault on a female, felonious larceny and possessing stolen property. Watts was held under no bond.

Durham Woman Arrested for Cocaine

11/22/2017 - Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Leslie Ann Hernandez-Morales, 39 years old of 315 West Trinity Avenue Durham NC. 

Morales was charged with possession of Cocaine, maintaining a vehicle to store Cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Morales was held on a $2,500.00 secured bond.

Sanford Woman Arrested for Possession of Heroin



On Tuesday November 21, 2017 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Charlotte Danyalee Wood, age 38 of 932 Tuckaway Lane, Sanford.

Wood was in found in possession of two individually wrapped packages containing Heroin.

Wood was charged with one count of possession of Heroin, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Wood was jailed under a $5000.00 secured bond.

Holiday Shopping Safety


The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers will begin to crowd every store to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals.  As your Sheriff, I'd like to ask you all to not neglect safety.  From years of experience (and statistical data), this time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours.  These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.   Every year I ask that each of you take a minute out of your busy schedules and read the following.  Don't give any criminal an open door to commit a crime.

Shopping Safety:

·         A single shopper is the best target for theft.  Always shop with a friend or relative.

·         When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to return.  Also, make sure they know what you are wearing, as well as the type of vehicle you are driving.  There are free tracking smartphone apps like Life360 and others where family and friends can track each other.  Take advantage of the technology!

·         Shop during daylight hours.  If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.

·         Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.  If carrying cash, keep it in your front pocket rather than in a purse or wallet.  This makes it much more difficult for a pick-pocket to remove.  Also store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket.  If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.

·         Pay careful attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with packages.  It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

·         When returning to your vehicle, check around it and in the back seat.  Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  Have your car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.  I would urge you to have your keyless entry device ready as well so if needed, you can activate the Panic button if you feel threatened.  The noise alone will bring attention to you and hopefully scare any would be criminal off.

·         If you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard or ask a business employee to walk you to your car.



During this time of year, busy holiday shoppers become careless and vulnerable to other crimes as well.  Credit card fraud and gift card fraud are on the rise.  However, taking a few preventive measures can help.

Credit Card Fraud:

 ·        Keep a close watch on your credit card every time you use it, and make sure you   get it back as quickly as possible. 

·        Never write your PIN number on your credit card.

·        Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.

·        Shield your credit card number so that others around you can’t copy it or capture   it on a mobile telephone or other camera.

·        Only carry credit cards that you absolutely need.

·        Shred anything with your credit card number written on it.

·       If you’re planning to purchase online, make sure the web page where you enter your credit card information is secure through SSL (Secure Socket Layer).  You can tell if the web page is secure by looking for the gold lock or key icon at the bottom corner of your browser window.

·       If you’re not comfortable submitting your information through the internet, call the seller and give them your information over the telephone.  Never send your credit card information via email.

·       Check the company out.  Only do business with companies that provide a physical address and telephone number.

·       Keep good records.  Always print out a copy of any online products or services you purchase.


Gift Card Fraud:

·       Never buy gift cards from online auction sites.  This is a large source of gift card fraud.  Many of the gift cards are stolen, counterfeit or have already been used.

·       Only buy gift cards directly from the store issuing the gift card or from a secure retailer’s website.

·       Don’t buy gift cards off of publicly displayed racks in retail stores.  Only purchase gift cards at the sales terminal from the cashier.

·       Always carefully examine both the front and back of a gift card before you buy it.  If you see a PIN number, ask for a different card.  If the card looks like it has been tampered with in any way, put it back.

·       Always ask the store cashier to scan the gift card in front of you.  This will guarantee that your card is valid when you buy it and that it reflects the balance you just charged it with.

·       Always keep your receipt as a proof of purchase as long as there is money stored on the gift card.

·       If possible, register your gift card at the store’s website

·       Never give your Social Security number, date of birth or any other unneeded private information when purchasing a gift card.  No reputable company will ask for this information.

 In light of these problems, again, I urge shoppers to be careful so that they don’t become the victim of criminal activity.  Unfortunately, when shopping, people have a tendency to let their guard down.  However, paying attention and taking precautions can help eliminate their chances of being victimized.


Enjoy your holiday season.  Try to shop locally to help support our local economy and last but not least, be safe!   Remember to call 9-1-1 anytime you see anything suspicious activity. 

 

Sixty-Four Year Old Man Arrested For Drugs

On Wednesday, November 15th 2017 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics enforcement agents arrested Eddie Monroe Bullard age 64, 312 North Third Street, Sanford.

Bullard was arrested and charged with two counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Opium namely 8 dosage units of (Oxycodone), two counts of sell and deliver Opium (Oxycodone), two counts of felony maintaining a dwelling place for the storage and sales of an illegal controlled substance. The charges Bullard faces are from two separate occasions.

Bullard was jailed under a $4,000.00 secured bond.   

Search Warrant Nets Drugs, Cash and AR-15



On Friday November 17, 2017 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents executed a search warrant on the premises located at 120 Thornwood Loop, Sanford. 

Upon entry to the residence agents located two individuals in the bedroom area of the residence. The two individuals were later identified as Rolando Moreno age 22 of 62 Thornwood Loop, Sanford, and Mahayla Ann Coomer age 22 of 120 Thornwood Loop, Sanford. 

In the course of the search agents located 475 grams of Marijuana, 24 grams of crystal form methamphetamine, 18 grams of “crack” form Cocaine, and 36 Xanax. Along with the seized illegal controlled substance agents located one Delton brand AR15 assault rifle and $796.00 in U.S. currency.

Both Rolando Moreno and Mahayla Ann Coomer were transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for processing. 

Rolando Moreno was charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Xanax a schedule IV illegal controlled substance, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, one count of felony possession of an illegal controlled substance within 1000ft of a school, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling for the use of storage and sells of illegal controlled substances, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Mahayla Ann Coomer was charged with one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Xanax a schedule IV illegal controlled substance, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, one count of possession of an illegal controlled substance within 1000ft of a school, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling for the use of storage and sells of illegal controlled substance, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Rolando Moreno was jailed under a $150,000.00 secured bond, and Mahayla Ann Coomer was jailed under a $10,000.00 secured bond.