Henderson, NC - Brad Wesley Chandler, 31, of Henderson, was arrested today by the Eastern District of North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force. Chandler had been charged in the larceny of thousands of dollars in iPhones and other electronics from Walmart stores located in Onslow, Randolph, and Wake Counties, and was a suspect in additional thefts at Walmarts in other areas of North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina.
The Marshals Service began searching for Chandler in early August when it was learned that he was inadvertently released from the Cherokee County (GA) Jail, where he was being held under a different name. At the time of the release, Chandler was also serving a sentence of 5 years as a result of a conviction for Theft by Taking. As the investigation moved forward, information began to come in regarding his participation in the thefts from Walmart stores around North Carolina and surrounding states. Based on the communication with multiple law enforcement agencies, it was determined that Chandler was likely in the Henderson area.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. today, Marshals Service personnel and officers from the Henderson Police Department located and arrested Chandler at house in the 800 block of State Street. Chandler is currently being held in the Vance County Jail pending his extradition to Georgia. Participating task force agencies included the N.C. Department of Public Safety/Security Services, N.C. State Highway Patrol, and Wilson Police Department.