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Police seek public’s help in 2 cases

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BAILEY — Police are seeking the public’s help in two unrelated cases involving forged sweepstakes tickets and a hit-and-run wreck.

DeAndrea Monique Hardesty and Rufus Montrell Sutton, both of Greenville, are wanted on charges of obtaining property by false pretense, according to the Bailey Police Department.

The duo are accused of passing forged sweepstakes gaming tickets to a clerk at Joyner’s Mini Mart on Oak Avenue

Police Chief Steve Boraski shared a photo to the police department’s Facebook page showing a female suspect thought to have been involved in receiving cash for fraudulent tickets. A tipster helped police identify the individual in the surveillance still as Hardesty, Boraski said.

Hardesty, 28, is also wanted by the Zebulon Police Department in connection to alleged fraud at the town’s Walmart on Dec. 13.

Hardesty has prior convictions for assault inflicting serious injury and child abuse, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Hardesty was abused as a child with her mother’s parental rights taken away by the state for inappropriate discipline and failure to provide proper care and supervision, according to a 2002 N.C. Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the decision.

Sutton, 37, has pending court cases in Pitt County on charges of larceny by employee, misuse of the 911 system and a tinted window violation.

Sutton has been previously convicted of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and providing false information to law enforcement.

“We are still looking for them,” Boraski said of Hardesty and Sutton.

In a separate case, a vehicle struck two poles holding up the awning in front of Bonanza Grill on Hanover Street in downtown Bailey on Jan. 5.

“This vehicle would have right front damage and it appears the oil pan was damaged,” Boraski said.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to call the police department at 252-235-3561.

The public’s help is a vital part of investigations, Boraski said.

Case in point, a resident called police Jan. 8 to report a suspicious person on Pine Street.

Officer Tim Garland responded and found a man going door to door trying to sell vacuum cleaners, Boraski said.

Garland ran the man’s information through police databases and found he was wanted on a warrant out of Durham County.

Jordan Kenneth Lane was taken into custody on a charge of violating a protective order. He also has a pending court date for a count of assault on a female, according to an online court calendar.

“If you see something that seems suspicious to you, call police,” Boraski said.