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More than two dozen vehicle break-ins were tied to police chase, Morrisville police say

Morrisville police release video of car break-in suspect

Police in Morrisville say they have responded to over 20 vehicle break-ins since 6:30am Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 and released this video of a suspect still at large. Police believe an early-morning car chase may be related
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Police in Morrisville say they have responded to over 20 vehicle break-ins since 6:30am Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 and released this video of a suspect still at large. Police believe an early-morning car chase may be related

Police have released surveillance video footage of a man suspected of breaking into nearly two dozen vehicles in Morrisville and leading police on a chase early Wednesday.

Officers responded to a call around 2:30 a.m. about “suspicious subjects” near Downing Glen Drive and Town Hall Drive, a Morrisville police spokeswoman said.

When they tried to stop a vehicle, one man fled and was still at large Wednesday afternoon. A second suspect was taken into custody.

About four hours after the chase, at 6:30 a.m., officers began investigating reports of vehicle break-ins in neighborhoods off of Town Hall Drive and Morrisville Parkway.

Investigators say that in each break-in, the vehicle doors were unlocked. Large amounts of cash and electronic devices were among the items taken.

Leon Travis Hayward, 28, of Durham, faces several charges, including felony flee to elude arrest.

One suspect is in custody and another is at large after a police chase Wednesday morning in western Wake County. Morrisville police at about 2:30 a.m. were called about “suspicious subjects” near Downing Glen Drive and Town Hall Drive.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call 919-463-1653.

Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.


Thomasi McDonald is a veteran journalist who writes about crime and public safety issues.


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