A man and woman called the police late last year to report a break-in and theft of a firearm from a home near downtown.
Police announced Tuesday that they have charged the man who made the call, Dwayne Lee Collins, 53, of Youngsville, with filing a false report, as well as cyberstalking, harassing communications and communicating threats.
Police say that on Nov. 9, Collins and a female acquaintance called 911 to report a break-in and firearm theft from an apartment on North Main Street where she lived, according to a search warrant made public Tuesday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
The woman told police she arrived home from working a night shift and found her apartment in disarray and Collins’ firearm stolen, according to the warrant. Collins gave the officer information about the gun that could be entered into the National Crime Identification Center as stolen, Wake Forest detective D.M. Zick stated in the search warrant application.
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But investigators grew suspicious after discovering a small cut on a window screen that had been torn about two inches. An officer determined that it would be almost impossible for someone to enter the apartment through such a small hole, and police figured no one had forced their way in. The woman then told the police that Collins was the only other person with a key to the apartment, according to the warrant.
Town spokesman Bill Crabtree said Collins and the woman “had a personal relationship of some kind,” but that he did not know the extent.
The woman later told police that after the break-in someone started sending her vulgar and obscene text messages, along with pictures, from an unknown telephone number.
“[She] stated that the person would send her text messages saying that he knew where she lived,” Zick stated in the search warrant. “The person also indicated that he broke into her apartment.”
But Collins told the police that he and other members of his family started to receive text messages from the same mysterious phone number. Police say Collins denied breaking into the woman’s apartment or sending her unseemly text messages, according to the warrant.
Meanwhile, the woman told police she had blocked Collins’ phone number but continued to receive obscene text messages from a different one several times a day, according to the warrant.
Investigators got a break in the case on Nov. 21, when a man who said his name was “Bates” called the police department to say that he saw what appeared to be Collins’ stolen handgun inside a tool box on the back of a pick-up truck, according to the warrant. Investigators determined that “Bates” was actually Collins’ son, Trevor, the warrant says.
Trevor Collins later told investigators that his dad called him after the break-in and told him to call in a tip to the police department and “tell the officer where the gun is located,” according to the warrant.
Trevor Collins also told police that his dad was the source of the inappropriate text messages. Collins said his father told him that he had used a “burner” phone to text Evans inappropriate messages and that he had watched his father purchase the phone at a Walmart.
Detectives on Jan. 13 used a search warrant to seize four cellphones and packaging for phones from Collins’ home in the 200 block of Moore’s Pond Road in Youngsville.
Police transported Collins to the Wake County jail Monday. He was released the same day after posting a $13,000 bond, a jail spokesman reported.