Tuesday, August 5, 2014

'Team work' leads to felony arrest

Aug. 04--Sampson Sheriff's officials are touting last week's arrest of a 46-year-old Autryville man on an insurance fraud charge as an example of how partnerships between local and state agencies can make a difference in the fight against crime.

Durwood Bradley Horne was arrested July 28 and charged with one count insurance fraud and one count obtaining money/property by false pretenses, both felonies.

The arrest, said Sheriff's Capt. Eric Pope, was the culmination of months of team work between the Sheriff's Office, the Sampson Fire Marshal's office and the N.C. Department of Insurance's Criminal Investigations Division.

The three agencies came together and formed a special task force after the report of several suspected arson cases were identified in the county, specifically the northeastern area of Sampson.

Pope said Fire Marshal Jerry Cashwell and assistant marshal Prentice Madgarbegan networking with other fire agencies in Cumberland and Harnett counties to identify suspicious fires with possible links to the Sampson cases. It was through what the captain called their "historic research" that Madgar and Cashwell learned about a suspicious vehicle fire that occurred on N.C. 24 in 2009.