Bennettsville brothers face charges in Hamlet car theft plot

By: By William R. Toler -
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HAMLET — Police have made arrests in two suspected vehicle thefts, one allegedly involving two South Carolina brothers.

According to warrants, 19-year-old D’shiem McClean and 17-year-old Wilbert McClean Jr., brothers from Bennettsville, planned the theft of a 2004 Toyota Avalon, valued at $8,000, on March 28.

Warrants were issued the following day and both teens were arrested April 8, charged with conspiring to commit felony larceny. D’shiem McClean was also charged with a felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.

D’Shiem MClean was originally booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond, and Wilbert McClean under a $10,000 secured bond. Following a court appearance on Thursday, their bonds were reduced to $7,500 and $5,000, respectively.

They were still in jail early Thursday afternoon and a new court date had not been listed on the online calendar.

Police say patrol officer Greg Stone came into contact with a 2004 Honda Accord on April 3 that had been reported stolen.

Following a short pursuit that halted on Kent Street, a dead end, several people jumped from the vehicle and ran.

Stone was able to apprehend one of them, 18-year-old Jaleel Jabar Liles, of Buttercup Drive in Hamlet.

Police say he originally told them his name was Jaleel Stel, which is the name they booked him under when he was charged with a felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and a misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer.

As Liles, he was charged with a felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.

He was jailed under a $20,500 secured bond and is also being held on a parole violation. Records show Liles also has a charge of possession of a controlled substance on jail premises.

He has court appearances scheduled for April 21, as well as May 2 and 5.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Liles’ parole was scheduled to end Aug. 14.

He has several convictions in Richmond and Guilford counties on breaking and entering, larceny and drug charges.

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

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

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By William R. Toler