Intruder who was shot has burglary background

By: Annick Joseph - Staff writer

ST. PAULS — A man shot multiple times by a homeowner who found him hiding on her property has a criminal history that includes theft, according to court documents.

As of Wednesday afternoon, James Dority, 39, of Broadwell Road in St. Pauls, was still recovering at an undisclosed hospital from gunshot wounds he suffered Friday evening when a homeowner discovered him hiding inside an outdoor shed at a residence on East Great Marsh Church Road in St. Pauls. The injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to information from the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman, who’s name has not been disclosed, said Dority “lunged” at her in “an aggressive manner” when she opened the door to her storage building, which prompted her to fire, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation continues and Sheriff’s Office officials have not said if charges have been filed in the case.

Dority was charged almost a year ago with felony possession of burglar tools and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

Lawmen found in Dority’s possession on Aug. 29, 2017, “burglar tools” that included two small framed pry bars, according to court documents. Also in his possession were two crack pipes, a knife, a razor blade inside a blue and gray box, and a straw.

In a separate case that occurred on the same day, Dority was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle, misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of a half ounce up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana, court documents show.

Dority was accused of stealing a F-150 pickup truck from Kodey Lynn Singletary of Tar Heel, according to court records. Dority “knowingly possessed with intent to use drug paraphernalia, such as a plastic bag to package, store and contain marijuana,” according to the documents. Dority also had on him more than a half ounce but less than 1.5 ounces of marijuana, the documents show.

Annick Joseph

Staff writer

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