Fifth burglary in Wake charged to Florida men

Frank Jackson
Frank Jackson

Two of four Florida men charged with a string of home break-ins and thefts were accused Thursday of a burglary in which $27,500 in electronics and jewelry were stolen.

Devon Maurice Brown, 19, and Frank Jackson, 21, who live in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are named in arrest warrants obtained by Holly Springs police and citing the theft of $25,700 in electronics and jewelry from a home on Sunset Pointe Drive on March 20.

Brown and Jackson were returned to Wake County from Georgia on Wednesday along with Jason Bullard, 19, and Tevin Devonte Tolliver, 20, to face charges from Cary and Apex police and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office for burglaries.

The Holly Springs warrants accused Brown and Jackson of conspiring with Bullard and Tolliver but do not accuse them of the break-ins.

Authorities said in the first round of charges against the four men that more than $200,000 worth of electronics and jewelry was stolen from homes on March 19 and 20.

All four men list addresses in a neighborhood in northwest Fort Lauderdale. Part of the investigation by the Wake County agencies is finding out why thieves targeted five homes in four jurisdictions at one time with lucrative results.

Police connected the four to the break-ins when authorities in Camden County, Ga., found stolen property in a stolen car in which they said the four men were trying to escape from a Georgia State Patrol trooper March 20.

Police enter information about identifiable stolen property, such as computer serial numbers, into a national database, Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne said.

When Georgia authorities punched in the numbers of items found in the car, investigators in Wake County were alerted and began to make other connections to the four men, Rhyne said. They swore out arrest warrants a few days later.

Brown, Jackson, Bullard and Tolliver first stopped the car when the trooper pulled them over for speeding, then sped away and later fled on foot into a swampy area where police dogs located them, the Camden sheriff’s office said.

Brown’s total bail on all charges stood at $220,000 on Friday, and each had their total bail raised to $150,000 after the Holly Springs charges.

All the men were being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

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