A former long distance truck driver released from prison in 2017 after serving time for a string of business break-ins in Virginia and South Carolina has now been charged with a rash of Johnston County business break-ins.
In late-2017 and early-2018, seven business break-ins were reported in the Clayton and Cleveland areas. They included three break-ins at Triangle Landscape Supply on Cornwallis Road, along with burglaries at Airhog Scuba, Graphics Lab, Clearwater Pools and Village Auto Repair.
Paul Augustus Fuller, 60, of Ward Boulevard, Wilson was arrested Monday by Johnston County deputies in connection with all 7 crimes.
Fuller has an extensive criminal record including multiple convictions for breaking and entering.
Fuller and a second man were arrested following 30 business break-ins in 2013 in South Carolina. About the same time he was linked to 9 break-ins and one attempted break-in in Virginia. Fuller was a long distance truck driver at the time traveling to those areas.
In North Carolina, Fuller has break-in convictions in Wake, Wilson, Pitt, Johnston, Duplin, Harnett and Nash counties dating back to 1978.
Convicted For 2009 Smithfield Break-Ins
Fuller received probation following February 2009 break-ins at the Book Cellar and Bonworth stores at Carolina Premium Outlets. A Smithfield police officer was on patrol in the parking lot and saw a man running from the businesses. After a foot chase Fuller was captured. Police said Fuller had just broken into both stores taking a safe and cash.
Fuller is currently being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $110,000 bond.