Raleigh police track stolen phone's GPS signal to suspect in Dunn

From staff reportsAugust 6, 2013 

— City police charged a man with breaking into a Clark Avenue apartment last week after they tracked a stolen iPhone to a car he was driving in Dunn and found a stolen computer in the trunk, Detective S.K. Meyers said in a search warrant for the man’s locker at a homeless shelter.

In the warrant, Meyers said Kelvin Jerome Bethea, 46, who listed the men’s shelter at 1420 S. Wilmington St. when he was booked into the Wake County Detention Center, resembled a man they were seeking in several other break-ins in the same area.

Raleigh police charged Bethea with felony breaking and entering, larceny after that and misdemeanor larceny after they and Dunn police stopped the car to which they had tracked the phone through its global positioning system (GPS) locator software on July 30.

The phone and computer had been reported stolen that morning.

In the warrant, with which he collected a green polo shift from Bethea’s locker, Meyers said Bethea resembled a man described by other break-in victims, including a woman who said she saw a man wearing a neon green collared shirt in her apartment on Vanderbilt Avenue.

“Several other breakings and enterings in the area match the same description and M.O. of this crime,” Meyers wrote.

Two days after arresting Bethea, detectives added a charge of possession of stolen property.

State prison records show that Bethea had convictions for burglary and was convicted in August 2002 of being a habitual felon and was sentenced to between 120 and 155 months in prison.

He was released on parole in March.

Bethea was being held without bail and is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 21.

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