ROCKINGHAM — A fifth arrest has been made in connection with a stolen Wake County vehicle.
Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies have charged 21-year-old Shakeim Pleasure Weeks, of 5th Street in Hamlet, after they say he was in a gold 2017 Kia Sportage stolen from the home of an employee of Fred Anderson Kia of Raleigh on July 21. According to warrants, the vehicle belonged to the dealership.
The stolen SUV was spotted without a tag by detectives on N.C. 177 on the afternoon of July 27, according to investigators.
As the detectives got behind the Kia, investigators say the driver started making multiple turns then sped away, before coming to a stop on a dirt road, at the end of Raleigh Street in Hamlet, where the suspects jumped out and ran.
Deputies caught 21-year-old Megan Elizabeth Chavis, of Baldwin Road in Rockingham, within a short distance, investigators say.
Deputy Paul McDole and his bloodhound K-9 partner Elizabeth tracked 23-year-old Curtis Brewington, of Cauthen Drive in Rockingham, to the front door of an apartment at Taylor Place Apartments, where investigators say witnesses saw him run into.
Deputies also arrested 20-year-olds Kendrick Marquel Terry and D’Angelo Tyrek Steele, both of Ware Street in Hamlet, who were jailed in the early morning hours of July 30.
Investigators say Terry was the driver and Steele had been in the vehicle, but was not at the time it was stopped.
Weeks was arrested Aug. 2 on a warrant issued July 30 on a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. When probation officers went to pick him up on a probation violation they found he had Hi-Point .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Having been sentenced to 36 months of supervised probation in April following a conviction on two felony counts each of breaking and entering and larceny, he was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Hamlet police arrested Weeks in June for allegedly shooting a man on Pine Street, charging him with with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and conspiracy.
Weeks also has several other pending charges, including: three felony counts of breaking and entering; three felony counts of larceny after breaking and entering; two felony counts of larceny of a firearm; one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses; and a misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods or property.
Investigators say it appears several people shared the Kia, and that deputies are working with Wake County law enforcement to determine who is actually responsible for stealing it. They agree that it’s possible it could have been stolen by someone in Wake County and passed off to those in Richmond County who are currently charged.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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Shakeim Pleasure Weeks is the fifth person to be charged in a case involving a Kia SUV stolen from Raleigh last month. He was also arrested in June in connection with a Hamlet shooting.