A Durham man faces charges of breaking into four schools in Chapel Hill and Durham after he was captured by a Chapel Hill police dog at the end of a foot chase off Manning Drive on Tuesday afternoon.
The foot chase that led to the arrest of Ricardo Anthony Dixon, 35, of Durham followed a car chase on Manning that began near U.S. 15-501 when a police officer tried to stop a car for speeding, police spokesman Lt. Josh Mecimore said.
Dixon is accused of a break-in Tuesday morning at Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill and with break-ins at Hope Valley Elementary School and Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham on Nov. 1 and at Hillside High School on Nov. 2.
Chapel Hill police charged Dixon with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after a break-in, possession of burglary tools and possession of a stolen vehicle. They filed misdemeanor charges of injury to property and possession of stolen property, and they cited him for reckless driving.
Durham police had arrest warrants charging Dixon with breaking and entering, larceny after a break-in, injury to property and conspiracy. They had said they were investigating whether Dixon was responsible for a break-in Pearsontown Elementary School on Nov. 2.
Mecimore said Dixon was not hurt by the K-9, but was checked by Orange County EMS personnel before being taken to the Orange County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $70,500.