Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:48

Richmond County teen charged in Valentine's Day car break-ins

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ROCKINGHAM — A teenager was arrested on Valentine’s Day, accused of breaking into nearly a dozen vehicles in the past two months.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Thursday of someone breaking into vehicles at an auto mechanic’s shop on Freeman Mill Road outside Hamlet where deputies found a young man inside a fenced area, according to a press release.

Investigators say the 15-year-old took off running but was caught a short time later in a wooded area, allegedly with a bag with items he’d pilfered.

According to deputies, he had tried to break into the work area of the shop but couldn’t get in.

Investigators say they were able to identify the teen through surveillance footage as the same suspect responsible for break-ins at the same shop on Jan. 17.

The unnamed teenager is charged with 11 felony counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle; one felony count of attempted breaking and entering; and one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods and resist, obstruct and delay.

He is being charged as a juvenile, not an adult, according to investigators.

He was placed in juvenile detention pending court dates, according to the release.

The sheriff’s office is also investigating two car break-ins on Airport Road and one on Homeplace Road Feb. 1 and two Jan. 23 car break-ins on Doe Loop Road in Hamlet.