By VAN HOLLAND
Criminal charges continue to pile up against 19-year-old William Bullock Battle. After he was charged for his part in a rash of recent break-ins last week by the Tarboro Police Department, Wake County officials added more charges to his growing list Wednesday.
Battle was charged with four counts stemming from a vehicle break-in in Wake County where an IPhone was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.
Police gathered information about Battle after he went to a local Game Stop in Raleigh and tried to sell the stolen phone with another person's ID. The store clerk denied the sale because of the false ID, so Battle concocted another plan.
This time, he brought an acquaintance with him a short time later to try and sell the phone a second time. While the transaction was taking place, Battle snatched the phone from the store and stole it again.
Battle and his acquaintance then went to Wilson to a Game Stop and sold the phone again.
He was charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. He is being held under a $185,000 secured bond.
Battle was charged while he was in the Edgecombe County Detention Center, where he awaits court proceedings for 31 other charges stemming from residential and vehicle break-ins in the Tarboro neighborhood where he lives.
Battle, of 1806 Springdale Lane, was charged Sept. 18 with five counts of breaking and entering, three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, five counts of injury to real property and obtaining property by false pretense. He was jailed under a $200,000 secured bond for those crimes.
Police also charged four others in the recent rash of break-ins in the area that helped Battle.
When Battle was arrested Sept. 18, police also charged 18-year-old Demondre Marquay Arrrington and 19-year-old Christopher Ryan Lloyd for their involvement.
After further investigation in that case, police were able to draw up warrants for two local brothers for their involvement.
On Monday, police charged 17-year-old Jonathan Andrew Castillo, of 1206 Rodgers Dr., Tarboro, with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. His brother, 19-year-old Arnold Alexander Castillo, of the same address, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and two more arrests are pending.