Charges from Wake County sheriff's deputies and three police departments against a total of six men Tuesday covered 27 car break-ins in the last month and one Tuesday night and added to dozens of similar cases that police have brought in recent weeks.
Authorities had said this summer that car break-ins – which often involve thieves going in cars that people have left unlocked – were an unusually large problem in several areas.
The arrests Tuesday also brought numerous charges of felony and misdemeanor larceny involving items taken from cars, one charge of stealing a pickup truck and a charge of breaking into an occupied house.
One of the men due for a court appearance Wednesday – Joshua David Turner, 27, who was listed with an Angier address – had appeared before a judge the day before on 21 car break-in and 15 misdemeanor larceny charges.
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Cary police charged him Tuesday with going into four cars on Sept. 26, taking five credit cards and trying to use them to buy cell phones at Target stores.
A Raleigh police squad that tracks down fugitives had arrested Turner on Oct. 3 in Johnston County on a warrant for financial card theft, and items they found then led Clayton police to charge him with 11 counts of breaking into cars and other offenses.
One of the men whom Wake deputies charged Tuesday with breaking into six cars, 18-year-old Christian Qwan Alston, of 603 Branniff Drive in Cary – has been in custody since Sept. 12, and faces charges from police agencies in Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties.
Clayton police charged Alston with breaking into 23 vehicles.
Wake deputies Tuesday accused 17-year-old Antonio Raphiel-Lee Thomas of 600 Candor Lane in Raleigh with the same six break-ins as Alston.
In another arrest, Wake deputies charged Daquon Tyrek Martin, 17, of 1623 Burgundy St. in Raleigh with five car break-ins and a home burglary on Sept. 11.
Wake Forest police accused Martin of going into nine vehicles and stealing one on Sept. 19.
Wake deputies also charged with resisting arrest, saying he fled from them in a car when they tried to stop him the night of the break-ins.
Raleigh police arrested Dontae Raysean Simpson, 17, of 5508 Lake Garden Court in Raleigh early Wednesday and accused him of a car break-in the night before.
Cary police charged Gregory Dylan Titlow, 21, of 260 Langford Valley Way in Cary with breaking into a car Sept. 10 and felony larceny.