Police hunt for blue jean bandit

Dunn department store hit twice in one day

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One of two heists at a Dunn department store Saturday have police on the hunt for a blue jean bandit.

More than $1,000 worth of blue jeans were swiped from Belk on West Cumberland Street in a theft that followed a failed shoplifting attempt earlier in the day, according to the Dunn Police Department.

Officer Christopher Easton said that the blue jean bandit was reported to be a black male, approximately 5-feet-11-inches tall. The store claims he stole Crown and Ivey jeans valued at $1,060. The man was not apprehended and the theft remains under investigation.

In an earlier incident that day, police arrested 46-year-old Cleophas Johnson of Dunn after he was accused of removing antitheft devices from Belk merchandise.

Police say Johnson was found to be in possession of $204.37 worth of stolen goods, a stolen cigarette box and marijuana.

He had approximately two grams of marijuana in his possession at the time of his arrest, according to the police report.

Johnson was charged with larceny by removing, destroying or deactivating an antitheft device, possession of stolen goods, simple possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

He was being held in the Harnett County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond.

There is no indication in reports that Johnson was involved in the blue jean heist.

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