Cary police file new burglary charges in probe of pizza-shop break-ins

From staff reportsNovember 7, 2013 

— Cary police Thursday filed three new breaking-and-entering charges against a man arrested in Raleigh early Monday morning after a Cary detective had tailed him to a pizza shop that was burglarized.

Michael John Spero, 28, was served with arrest warrants accusing him of break-ins at two pizza shops and a Hallmark store, Capt. Don Hamilton said.

Spero, of 1300 Maroubra Loop in Cary, already was in the Wake County Detention Center, being held in lieu of bail on breaking and entering counts, attempted breaking and entering, felony larceny and possession of burglar’s tools.

Raleigh police filed one of the breaking-and-entering charges, saying Spero had broken into Teddy’s New Yorker restaurant after Detective Mark Van Houten had followed him there.

Van Houten that day filed charges of breaking and entering, one of attempted breaking and entering and one of felony larceny, all involving pizza shops in Cary.

Monday, Raleigh police also arrested Rachael Megan LaRocca, 28, of Cary, with felony larceny saying she drove the car Van Houten had followed and that she drove Spero away from Teddy’s New Yorker.

She remained in custody Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

With the new charges, Spero’s bail rose to $90,000, and he was being held for a court appearance Friday.

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