Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Alleged fraudster charged with a dozen felonies in Leland

LELAND — A man has been charged with 12 felony counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense along with possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

James Jacobs, a 32-year-old from Bolton, North Carolina, was apprehended by the Leland Police Department after a string of fraud incidents. 

On Oct. 11, Leland police responded to a call at Advance Auto Parts in reference to a man who had been obtaining auto parts under a false pretense. After determining the accused was Jacobs, officers executed a search warrant on Jacobs’ vehicle, where they found stolen merchandise. 

Officers claim Jacobs attempted to place orders fraudulently under business names in early October. He successfully obtained some of the ordered property from multiple Advance Auto Parts stores in and around Leland.

Jacobs also had 26 outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest, 20 of which were various felonies such as  uttering of a forged instrument, obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny, forgery of an instrument and felony probation violation.

Jacobs was placed in the Brunswick County Detention Center and later transported to the North Carolina Department of Corrections.


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