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October 18, 2013

Thieves caught breaking into vehicle

TARBORO — Tarboro police made two arrests after receiving reports about vehicles being broke into in the Summerfield and Speight Forest areas.

Police received a call from a resident saying their vehicle had been broken into on Speight Avenue in the early morning hours of Oct. 7.

While police were canvassing the area and processing the crime scene they received another call about another vehicle break-in.

According to reports, while officers were patrolling the area, they located two suspects who didn't belong in the area and observed them stealing items from a vehicle.

Officers began questioning 20-year-old Derek Lee Epps and 18-year-old Daniel Earl Ayers about the break-ins and police found enough evidence to charge them with the crimes.

Police then received four other calls about other vehicle break-ins in the area and tied Epps and Ayers to those crimes and added additional charges.

Epps, of 604 S. Second St., Pinetops and Ayers, of 80 Fountain St., Tarboro, were each charged with four counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, four counts of attempted breaking and entering a motor vehicle and resisting a public officer. They were both placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

They are due back in court Oct. 23.

This isn't Epps first run-in with police. He is currently on probation for a misdemeanor breaking and entering conviction from Jan. 2012 case.

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