Clayton Police have arrested a suspect following a string of business break-ins. Early, Monday, January 27th, several Clayton area businesses were broken into, damaged, and had items stolen from inside. A business security system recorded video of a suspect vehicle in the area during the times of the break-ins. Following an investigation, police later found that vehicle parked in front of a home in Downtown Clayton. Officers spotted stolen property from the local businesses sitting in plain sight inside the vehicle. The suspect, 35-year-old James Todd Reynolds of Stallings Street, allegedly confessed to the commercial breaking and entering crimes and was charged with the following felonies:
- Breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering to the Clayton Auto Spa, 12905 US Hwy 70 Clayton, taking card reader machines and cash registers
- Breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering to Wine And Design, 945 Town Centre Blvd. Clayton, taking a file cabinet, Sonos speakers, a wireless microphone system and a security camera
- Breaking and/or entering Realo Drug, 322 Pritchard Road, Clayton – nothing stolen
- Larceny from United Stated Army Recruiting Center, Town Centre Blvd. Clayton
- Larceny from Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta, 12989 US Hwy 70 Clayton, taking a security camera from the back door which captured the suspect on video just before the camera was snatched
- Breaking and entering and Larceny after break and entering Juice Vibes, 11692 US Hwy 70 Clayton
Reynolds was arrested and placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $35,000 secured bond.
Reynolds also shut power off to multiple buildings including the PetSense, Dollar Tree and Fiesta Mexicana, causing frozen food to spoil at the Dollar Tree and almost causing the death of fish and mice at the pet store.