Police Arrest Suspect In Business Break-In, Car Theft

An 18 year-old Smithfield man is behind bars after being linked to crimes reported to police on Wednesday.

Around 7:00am, Smithfield Police stopped a car driven by Felix Ramos of W. Caroline Avenue.  Police said Ramos had stolen the car from Paul Auto Sales but the vehicle had not been reported stolen.   Police contacted the used car dealer and determined it was stolen and arrested Ramos on a felony charge of larceny of a motor vehicle.

While Ramos was still in jail, police responded to a break-in discovered at One Stop Shop at 600 S. Brightleaf Boulevard.  Several windows were broken out and an attempt was made to pry open the ATM.  About $1,500 in cigarettes were stolen from the store.

Captain R. Sheppard said based on evidence found during the traffic stop with Ramos they were able to connect him to the burglary.   Warrants were served on Ramos in jail charging him with breaking and entering, larceny and safecracking.

His bond, which had been $10,000 for the stolen auto charge, was increased to $85,000.

Captain Sheppard said the stolen cigarettes have not been recovered.

Police are also investigating the theft of a dog taken from the area of the vehicle stop early-Wednesday.  Sheppard said police have not ruled out that crime could also be related.