Investigators are looking into several vehicle break-ins in the Widewaters neighborhood that left a handful of cars damaged Oct. 17.
Officers were alerted to suspicious activity near Calavaras Lane early that morning and found six cars broken into. Another car was targeted, but the suspect was not able to break into it.
The break-ins were unlike typical vehicle break-ins Knightdale police deal with. Police Chief Lawrence Capps said the break-ins were forced, meaning someone had to do some damage, like shatter a window to get into the vehicles.
“Most experiences in the past have (suspects) looking for unlocked cars ... an easy target,” Capps said.
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After posting information about the break-ins on its Facebook page, the department received a few more calls from residents whose cars were unlocked. There was no damage and no property missing, but some reported their belongings seemed to be out of place, Capps said.
The department brought in its K9 unit, which located a silver truck that had been stolen from a location in Raleigh.
The truck was abandoned, but its lights were on and other signs suggested the suspect fled just before the dog reached the car.
The unit followed the scent to the wooded area near the park on Laurens Way.
Capps said the department has limited details on who they may be looking for. The suspect is described as a black male with a dark hoodie, but police are not sure of any other physical characteristics or where the suspect may be.
Knightdale police are working with Raleigh police for possible leads, corroborating information from the stolen silver truck that was involved with the Knightdale break-ins.
The same day police began investigating the break-ins near the Widewaters area, they wrapped up a months-old case involving the same crime.
Police charged Hector Ramon Parrilla Jr., 47, who lives at a Wake County homeless shelter, with 21 counts of breaking and entering cars and 18 counts of misdemeanor larceny during one night in August.
Parrilla was held on $225,000 bail and ordered to appear in court on the felony breaking and entering charges.
According to arrest warrants, the cars were entered on Aug. 2 and 3.