Hamlet police: Alleged thief left cellphone at scene

By: By William R. Toler - wtoler@yourdailyjournal.com

HAMLET — A personal item left behind helped officers nab an alleged thief.

Jaleel Jabar Liles, 19, of Buttercup Drive, is accused of breaking into a home in his neighborhood on Sept. 23 and stealing a Playstation gaming console, 15 video games and two cellphones, according to the Hamlet Police Department.

However, investigators say Liles left his own cellphone at the scene.

He was arrested Sept. 30, charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering, and booked into the Richmond County Jail.

During that investigation, officers say they found evidence that Liles was responsible for stealing a 2003 Dodge Caravan from Wilmington Street on Sept. 10. The van was recovered the following day off of Oakhurst Street, not far from the Buttercup area.

Liles, still in jail for the home break-in, was served with an arrest warrant Tuesday and charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, which is also a felony. He remained in jail Wednesday afternoon under a $35,500 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in Richmond County District Court on Oct. 26 for all three charges.

Online court records show Liles has a Nov. 13 court appearance in Scotland County Superior Court on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, fleeing to elude arrest, having no operator’s license and two felony probation violations.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show he was convicted of the larceny and eluding charges on Aug. 22 and received a 60-month suspended sentence.

Liles was first convicted in Richmond County on July 1, 2015 on one count of felony breaking and entering and two counts of misdemeanor larceny. Fourteen days later, he was convicted on misdemeanor charges of possessing stolen goods and breaking and entering in Guilford County.

The following January, Liles was again convicted in Richmond County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Records show his probation was revoked on the previous charges and he was convicted of two post-release revocations, landing him behind bars for seven months each in 2016 and 2017. Liles was released on July 21.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.


By William R. Toler