Crime

Raleigh man serving time for break-in is charged in November theft

Wake County sheriff's investigators Monday made an arrest in a $36,000 November home burglary, charging a 22-year-old man who was convicted in December for a summer break-in and is serving 20 months in prison.

Howard Lee Covington, of 6104 Spice Ridge Lane in Raleigh, was charged with a Nov. 12 break-in at an Olde South Road home from which, an arrest warrant said, $36,630 worth of clothing, cameras, computers, jewelry and other goods were taken.

Covington was free on bond at the time after Garner police had arrested him July 1 after a chase and charged him with breaking and entering, larceny and fleeing to elude arrest.

A police dog stopped Covington during a foot chase that followed a crash that ended a car chase. An Oakwater Drive home had been burglarized, and police chased a suspicious vehicle, they said.

Covington was convicted Dec. 4 of all three charges and sentenced to consecutive sentences of 10 months for one offense and 10 months for the other two.

He has arrests going back to 2009 for break-ins and several convictions, beginning in 2010.

A Tuesday court appearance was scheduled on the new charges.

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