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Pretend Police Home Invastion Suspects Now Face Wilkes Charges PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 05:48

The Wilkes Sheriff’s Department has now charged four men arrested by Ashe County in connection with the home invasions that terrorized a number of area residents. The four were said to dress as police, gaining entry to homes on the pretense of serving search warrants, then they would tie up the residents and burglarize the homes. Wilkes charges are against the same four: Chad Norman Collins, 39, of Wilkesboro; James Ray Hugus, 57, of Raleigh; Robert Lee “Robbie” Miller Jr., 33, of Champion, and Larry Thomas Greer, 35, of Big Peak Road in Laurel Springs. The cases released by Wilkes include a July 16th 2010 robbery at the Jason Aldean Carter home on Bethel Road. Investigators reported that a man wearing a black vest with a “DEA” badge entered, claiming to have a search warrant and bound Carter’s hands and feet with zip ties. He was forced to open his gun safe and the men stole a number of weapons, along with cash, ammunition, cameras and electronics. 
Another Wilkes case involved a Champion Road couple, with two men demanding to take photos of items in their safe while forcing the couple to a back room.  Guns, ammunition, a camera, deeds and titles were taken in that.  Wilkes authorities said that in both cases, the suspects had some knowledge of the victims. 
Chad Collins Wilkes County bond was set at $1 million. His Ashe County bond was $1.25 million. Robbie Miller, who will now be served with Ashe counts, has a $100,000 secured bond in Wilkes. Greer and Hugus were still in Ashe custody, and there may be more charges from other areas involving the four.
Wilkes investigators said some of the stolen property was recovered at Collins’ residence and business on Main Street, Wilkesboro.


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