RALEIGH Two men were arrested on charges that they broke into five cellphone stores in Raleigh – all on Tuesdays and three of them this week – and stole merchandise.
A third man was accused of the three Tuesday break-ins, and all three were accused of breaking into a tobacco store near one of the cell stores.
Cristian Betancourt-Gonzalez, 22, of 2705 Swing Court in Raleigh and Oscar Eduardo Amaya, 22 of 5800 Nottoway Court in Raleigh were charged with all the break-ins and with multiple ciounts of possession of stolen phones.
Javier Morales-Flores, 20 of 828 S. State St. in Raleigh was charged with the three break-ins on Tuesday and possession of stolen property.
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The three were accused of breaking into Blue Sky Vapors, which is adjacent to a Verizon store that was hit at 2920 Forestville Road.
The other two stores broken into Tuesday were a Metro PCS outlet at 1030 N. Rogers Lane and a Cricket store at 3416 Poole Road.
Arrest warrants said a Sprint store at 5911 Poyner Village Parkway was broken into on Nov. 15, and a Boost Mobile store at 7350 Ramble Way on Nov. 22.
Police arrested Betancourt-Gonzalez about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at a shopping center at 8420 Louisburg Road, records show. The other two were arrested there a little over an hour later.
Betancourt-Gonzalez was held in lieu of $150,000 because a magistrate noted that he is believed to be a person listed in the state’s criminal warrant computer system with several aliases and birthdays.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked Wake County to hold Betancourt-Gonzalez, who is Mexican, for 48 hours if he were going to be released, and paperwork says he already has been ordered deported.
ICE also asked Wake officials to turn Morales-Flores, who also is from Mexico, over to them if he were going to be released. He was being held on $60,000 bail.
Amaya was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.