Pair face dozens of charges in Cary business break-ins, attempts

rgallagher@newsobserver.comMarch 7, 2013 

— Two men arrested in January as suspected burglars are thought to have broken into at least two dozen businesses in town.

Nicolas Robert Losito of 1927 Pinetuck Court and Brian Dylan Johnson of 129 Canyon Run face more than 50 counts each of breaking and entering, larceny and attempted breaking and entering after police filed several more arrest warrants this week.

All of the incidents involved small businesses around Cary, including nail and hair salons, a dentist’s office, a pizza shop and small restaurants. The thieves broke into the businesses by a rear door and quickly took relatively small amounts of cash – typically $50 or $60, police said.

Losito, 23, and Johnson, 27, have been held at the Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh since police first charged them Jan. 17 after an undercover officer saw them and officers stopped their car.

Within two days, police had filed 32 charges against Losito, including possession of burglar tools and felony conspiracy, and had filed 36 against Johnson.

Capt. Don Hamilton, head of the Cary Police Investigations Division, said he had heard from other police departments and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office about break-ins they suspect could be linked to the two men.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had so many calls from other agencies” on one case, Hamilton said.

The warrants that Cary police served this week listed nine breaking-and-entering charges, nine larceny charges and nine counts of attempted breaking and entering against Losito dating back as far as Dec. 17.

They charged Johnson with nine break-ins, nine larcenies and 11 attempted break-ins, arrest warrants showed.

Altogether, according to online arrest reports, Losito faces 24 charges of breaking and entering, 17 larceny charges and 13 charges of attempted breaking and entering. He was being held on a total bail of $535,000.

Johnson faces 30 charges of breaking and entering, 21 larceny charges and 13 charges of attempted breaking and entering. His bail was $1.2 million.

Hamilton said the two did not always work together, accounting for different numbers of charges.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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