Cars left unlocked in Apex, but youth still faces felony breaking-and-entering charges

From staff reportsOctober 8, 2013 

— A call to police about someone entering unlocked cars in an Apex neighborhood overnight Sunday resulted 11 felony charges and two misdemeanor larceny counts against a 16-year-old youth from Fuquay-Varina.

Daquan Rashaad Hinton of 907 Cotton Gray Drive was arrested by officers who went to the Surrey Meadows subdivision about 3 a.m. Monday.

Police said in arrest warrants that Hinton went into into 11 cars and was looking through glove boxes and consoles for items to take, and that resulted in the two larceny charges.

Even though the cars were left unlocked, opening them counts as felony breaking and entering under state law.

In addition to the charges from Apex police, Wake County sheriff’s deputies charged that he entered two cars in their jurisdiction, according to arrest warrants.

Hinton’s bail was set at $200,000, and he was scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday.

Apex police Capt. Ann Stephens said the incident served as a reminder to residents to lock vehicles and not to leave valuables in plain sight inside them.

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