FROM STAFF REPORTS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department arrested 26-year-old Juan Delacruz Alvarez, Jr. Thursday and charged him with 17 felonies involving four break-ins that happened near his residence.
The sheriff's department received four separate calls in a four-day span regarding break-ins on Browns Lane, located just off of Highway 64 Alternate East.
During the investigation, law enforcement learned that five firearms, assorted jewelry and medications were stolen from the homes.
According to the press release, the sheriff's department gathered information that the suspect lived just a couple doors down after they learned about some of the stolen jewelry being sold at a local business.
Law enforcement charged Alvarez, of 57 Browns Lane, Tarboro, with four counts of breaking and entering, four counts of larceny after breaking and entering, five counts of larceny of a firearm, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.
Alvarez was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. He is due in court Wednesday for his first appearance.
This isn't Alvarez's first run-in with law enforcement regarding break-ins. He was just released from prison in May after he served a year and seven months for a conviction in Nash County for breaking into vehicles. As part of the plea agreement he served active time for the first conviction and was placed on probation for the second conviction.