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Drivers’ tips lead deputies to ‘rocking chair bandit’

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SPRING HOPE — Witnesses tailed a theft suspect from Middlesex to Spring Hope on Tuesday, leading to the arrest of a man deputies dubbed the “rocking chair bandit.”

Chief Deputy Brandon Medina of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said Middlesex residents followed a man later identified as Durwood Wayne Joyner, alerting deputies to his location as he drove to the Food Lion supermarket at 603 E. Nash St., Spring Hope, where Joyner was arrested without incident.

Joyner was caught red-handed with four rocking chairs stolen from at least two homes, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies charged Joyner with two counts of misdemeanor larceny and served him with outstanding warrants taken out by Rocky Mount police on two counts each of breaking or entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking or entering and one count of felony larceny.

Joyner was booked into the Nash County Detention Center in Nashville under a $65,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 252-459-4121.

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