Netflix account leads Raleigh detectives to stolen goods

From staff reportsApril 4, 2013 

— A man in Mebane using a Netflix account associated with a television stolen in Raleigh led detectives to a house in Durham and a cache of stolen goods.

Police seized TVs, eight GPS units, 17 power tools and related equipment, 34 watches and several other items, according to a search warrant that returned to the Wake County Court Clerk’s office Wednesday.

Raleigh detective L.G. Bear laid out the connections in his request for warrant to search a house at 513 Sparella St. in Durham.

They also arrested Tchannen Hall, 36, who lived at the house, and charged him with three drug offenses.

Bear said in the warrant request that he had been investigating a string of car break-ins which began shortly after New Year’s Day.

When a Netflix account was accessed through a TV reported stolen Jan. 22 in Raleigh, detectives located the stolen TV in Mebane and the user told them he purchased it from a man he met through a cousin named Tchannen Hall.

On March 22, Bear spotted a pickup truck suspected of being involved in the thefts parked with another truck behind the Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14 movie theater.

Inside the truck, officers found goods reported stolen a half-hour earlier from a home in Cary. A similar truck had been mentioned in connection with car break-ins in Raleigh, Cary and Apex.

Also, an informant told Bear that people involved in a string of home burglaries and auto break-ins were often found at Hall’s Durham residence.

Police went to the house Tuesday morning and came away with an inventory of stolen property that filled four sheets of paper, the returned warrant shows.

Hall was freed on bail after his arrest on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a car or house to keep or sell drugs.

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