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.
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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.