Police, alerted by a school crossing guard, chased three men after a home burglary on Brentwood Road and arrested two of them with goods from the house and 74 identical counterfeit $20 bills, according to arrest and search warrants.
Deryck Devon Bennett, 22, and Jawan Nasheem Wallace, 21, were charged with breaking and entering, felony larceny and possession of five or more counterfeit instruments. Wallace also was charged with unlawfully obtaining a credit card, although the charges did not say if it belonged to the Brentwood Road home’s residents or someone else.
When a patrol officer caught up with them, according to a search warrant request and arrest warrants, there were 39 bogus $20 bills on the ground next to a backpack the men he was chasing had dropped, and Wallace was carrying $35 phony bills. All of them had the same serial numbers and other details, police said.
Police said the officer saw the three men about a block and a half from the home that was broken into.
Detective J.T. Heinrich credited an alert police department crossing guard who was working less than a block from Brentwood Elementary School, with giving police a jump on the case.
The guard saw three men walking up and down Brentwood Road in front of the house in the 3500 block, Heinrich said. The guard saw the trio go behind the house and then heard a sound like a door being kicked in and called 911, Heinrich wrote.
He was asking a magistrate to sanction a search of a room where police said the men were staying in the City Studios hotel at 2910 Capital Blvd.
Police said they thought they might find more counterfeit money, counterfeiting equipment in the room, proceeds from other burglaries and the third suspect at the hotel. They came up empty, however, according to the warrant returned to the Wake County court clerk’s office after the search.
When he was charged, police listed Bennett’s home address as Garysburg, in Northampton County and Wallace’s as 5529 Continental Way in Raleigh.
Bennett was held on $30,000 bail and Wallace on $40,000. Both were due to go before a judge Tuesday.
Bennett was convicted in Guilford County in August of misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny and was put on 18 months’ probation. He was convicted in September in Northampton County of carrying a concealed weapon and put on probation that runs with the Guilford sentence.
Wallace was convicted of breaking and entering and felony larceny in 2012 in Wake County. He served time in prison, then was paroled in December 2012. Prison officials revoked his parole in December 2014, however, after he was convicted on a new charge of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in 2012.
He went back to prison until being released three weeks ago, state records show.