Police seek suspect in Hamlet break-ins

By: By William R. Toler - [email protected]

HAMLET — Police have identified a second suspect in a pair of Thursday break-ins.

Detective Lt. Heather Wyatt of the Hamlet Police Department said officers are looking for 27-year-old Santario D. Martin of the Hamlet area.

Wyatt said Martin has a medium build and very short hair.

Martin is accused of breaking into a vehicle at the Kangaroo gas station on N.C. 177 and a home on Terry Street on the morning of July 16.

A camera and prepaid credit card were stolen from the vehicle, according to Wyatt, while assorted medication and jewelry were taken from the house.

She said most of those items were recovered after Martin dropped them while running from the scene and have been returned to the victim. However, some cash and silver dollars are still missing.

Warrants for Martin’s arrest have been issued, charging him with felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, larceny from a motor vehicle, felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

Wyatt said Martin is also wanted on outstanding warrants from 2011 on charges of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Martin has a history of theft, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, with felony convictions of two counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and common-law robbery. He was also convicted on a felony charge of conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.

He spent a total of 13 months, between 2010 and 2013, in prison following those convictions.

Anyone with information on Martin’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Hamlet Police Department at 910-582-2551 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.

Another suspect, 36-year-old Deana Michelle Brock — listed on the warrant as Deana Poplin — was arrested Thursday and charged with a felony count of breaking and entering. She was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond and released on bail the following day.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_Toler.


By William R. Toler

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