RALEIGH — A Cary man, arrested early one morning last November as he and an accomplice drove away from a pizza-shop break-in, was released from state prison Thursday – and immediately arrested on a charge that he broke into a neighbor's home last October and stole $7,500 worth of jewelry.
Michael John Spero, 29, of 306 Holtz Lane was convicted Feb. 6 of felony breaking and entering, closing out numerous charges by police in Cary, Raleigh and Apex that he had broken into or tried to break into restaurants – mostly pizza parlors – and other businesses last fall.
In an arrest warrant that Raleigh police served as Spero left the Wake Correction Center on Rock Quarry Road, Cary investigators listed the woman arrested with Spero the morning of Nov. 4 – Rachael Meagan Larocca – as the witness in their case about the jewelry theft.
Raleigh police stopped a car that Larocca was driving and in which Spero was riding on Western Bouelvard, not far from Teddy’s New York pizza shop.
A Cary detective had tailed the car there and, while parked out of sight, heard the sounds of a break-in.
A burglar alarm triggered, sending Raleigh police to the area and leading to Spero’s and Larocca’s arrests.
In the new charge, Cary police charged that Spero broke into a neighbor’s home on Holtz Lane on Oct. 24.
The first break-in on the list of charges covered in Spero’s conviction was the day before that. Other charges were dismissed.
When prison officials released Spero on Thursday, he was put on parole through next Feb. 23.
When he was arrested last year, he was on two years’ probation for a misdemeanor larceny conviction on Sept. 25.
Larocca, 29, was convicted five days after Spero of one count of felony breaking and entering and put on three years’ probation. An April conviction in Lee County for misdemeanor larceny was folded into the same probation sentence.
Raleigh police took Spero to the Wake County Detention Center, and he was being held on $10,000 bail for a court appearance Friday.