By VAN HOLLAND
Tarboro police made three arrests Wednesday in connection with a string of break-ins that occurred in the Speight Forest and Summerfield area during a five-day span.
Police got the lead on the three suspects after they responded to an alarm call on South Avenue Wednesday morning. When officers arrived, they saw the window open and set up a perimeter in the area. They then called for a K9 to come track the suspects, which led them behind the Braswell Center where officers saw visible footprints in the damp ground.
During the track, officers spotted 19-year old William Bullock Battle, 18-year old Demondre Marquay Arrrington and 19-year old Christopher Ryan Lloyd.
According to the report, officers began questioning the suspects about the break-in and they told them there were three others involved that they saw running near the area. Police followed up on those leads, which turned out to be false information.
Police began processing the scene and saw visible shoe prints. When police went back to Battle's residence and began questioning the three suspects, officers asked to see their shoes. The bottom of Battle's shoes matched the prints at the crime scene.
Upon further questioning, the three suspects finally told officers they were, in-fact, responsible for the break-in.
After questioning Battle, detectives later learned he was involved in all five of the break-ins and had numerous accomplices who helped him on separate occasions.
This isn't Battle's first run-in with law enforcement that involves break-ins. Last year Battle was charged with breaking into houses and vehicles in the same area. The charges in those cases are still pending in court.
Law enforcement recovered four electronic items that had been sold at a pawn shop in Wilson County. They have been unable to recover any of the other property based on where the suspects told them the items were located.
Police charged Battle, of 1806 Springdale Lane, Tarboro, 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.
Arrington, of 503 Lincoln Road, Tarboro, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of injury to real property and larceny after breaking and entering. He was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond.
Lloyd, of 1465 Shiloh Farm Road, Tarboro, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretense and injury to real property. He was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond.
Detectives have four more suspects who are involved in the cases that are expected to be charged by today.
Law enforcement wants citizens to be reminded that if they see any suspicious people or vehicles in their area, they need to contact police with the description, because this time of the year break-ins and larcenies are on the rise.