RALEIGH — Police hope an arrest made Monday will help them solve more than 30 home burglaries in a wide swath of North Raleigh.
Since September, the 31 break-ins have all occurred during the day in single-family homes when the occupants were gone, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.
Most of the burglaries were reported in an area bordered to the south by the Beltline, to the north by Lynn Road, to the east by Falls of the Neuse Road and to the west by Lead Mine Road.
On Monday afternoon, police arrested Joshua Joen Mulligan, 31, of 204 Killington Drive, and charged him with three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of felony larceny, one count of possession of stolen goods and two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, Sughrue said.
Although the home Mulligan is accused of stealing from is outside of the area where most of the other break-ins were, police are investigating the possibility that he could be involved in the other burglaries, Sughrue said.
Mulligan was arrested at a pawn shop shortly after a Wake Forest man called to report he had interrupted a burglary in progress at his father's Hickory Road home.
Shawn Maddocks and his wife, Kara, went to David Maddocks' home Monday afternoon to e-mail some pictures from the couple's recent wedding, Maddocks said. They noticed a green 1990 Jeep Cherokee left running in the driveway and went inside after checking to make sure nothing was amiss from the home's garage.
While in the house, the couple noticed a man run out and hop in the Jeep. He made off with jewelry that belonged to David Maddocks' deceased wife and a computer monitor.
Shawn Maddocks said that he called police and relayed the license plate number on the Jeep.
A police officer spotted the Jeep outside a pawn shop and stopped Mulligan. All of the jewelry was returned to the Maddocks after Mulligan's arrest.
Police want to know whether residents near the break-ins noticed the green Jeep Cherokee in recent months. Anyone who might have seen it is asked to call Raleigh police detectives at 890-3555.
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