HOLLY SPRINGS — New charges that Holly Springs police filed Thursday brought the total of felony counts against two Fuquay-Varina teens to 14 and 20, respectively, in a string of car break-ins and thefts in which they were first charged earlier this month.
Police also charged a third 16-year-old for the first time with 15 felonies in connection with the same string of break-ins during the early morning hours of Oct. 7.
A warrant served on Daquan Rashaad Hinton at the Wake County Detention Center accused him of breaking into two cars and of stealing a 2005 GMC Envoy.
Apex police had charged Hinton, of 907 Cotten Ridge Drive, earlier this month with breaking into nine cars and with taking items from two of them.
Charges added Oct. 8 and 14 and Thursday brought the total to 12 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and three misdemeanor larceny charges.
Daquan Shimek Smith, of 511 Longfellow St., was charged Oct. 7 with five counts of breaking and entering and a misdemeanor charge of violating probation that stemmed from July convictions for vehicle breaking and entering.
Smith was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Thursday, Holly Springs police charged Smith with 14 counts of breaking and entering and with stealing the Envoy.
The third youth charged was Syris D’Angelo Jones of 335 W. Jones St. in Fuquay-Varina.
Jones, too, was accused of stealing the Envoy and with 14 counts of breaking and entering.
Arrest records show that he had been arrested Sept. 16 on one count each of larceny and motor vehicle theft, two counts of first-degree burglary and 13 counts of breaking and entering vehicles.
Jones was being held in lieu of $105,000 bail.
When Hinton was arrested, Apex police noted that all of the cars entered there had been left unlocked, and the items taken had been left in plain sight.
State law does not distinguish between locked and unlocked vehicles in outlawing entry into someone’s car.
All three youths are freshmen at Fuquay-Varina High School.
Hinton initially was held on $200,000 bail, and a magistrate added $75,000 for Thursday’s charges.