Police have arrested a 60-year-old man on warrants charging that he stole $4,147 in rental payments from apartment complex drop-boxes in Raleigh and Knightdale almost four years ago.
Donald Wayne Yates, 60, was named in arrest warrants that detectives swore out in November and December 2011 and January 2012. They couldn’t find him initially, and his case faded as new ones got priority.
Monday, though, officers were sent to a call on Shenandoah Road, where Yates now lives at 2116, and they took down his name when they spoke with him about the call.
Normal follow-up procedure on many calls is for officers to enter witnesses’ or other people’s names into computers “so we know who we’re talking to,” police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Thursday.
When officers typed in Yates’ information, the 11 warrants popped up, and they arrested him at his home that evening.
Police declined to disclose the original call, saying it was a non-criminal matter.
The warrants include seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense by, they say, cashing money orders that were not made out to him.
An eighth warrant charged Yates with stealing six money orders and a bank check.
Two warrants charged him with possession of stolen property.
The Raleigh apartment complexes from which money was taken were Cedar Moor, East Haven and Glenbrook Crossing, the warrants stated.
There also were charges from Knightdale police of stealing from Westgate Village Apartments and from Garner police, who said Yates cashed a stolen money order at a Walmart store there.
Yates appeared before a judge on Tuesday and was being held in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.