Juvenile suspect killed in Durham
CLAYTON – Clayton Police have identified four juvenile offenders they believe are responsible for two separate rashes of car break-ins. One of the offenders was killed before charges could be filed.
The first incidents occurred in July and August and involved multiple vehicles in the Riverwood area. All the vehicles were left unlocked. Police Chief Greg Tart said two juvenile suspects were identified. Charges have been obtained against a 16 year-old suspect who has not been located, but is believed to be in Durham.
The second suspect in the case was shot and killed in Durham before any charges were taken out against him. The date of the shooting and circumstances surrounding the juvenile’s death was not disclosed.
In mid-August, approximately 40 cars were broken into in the Wynston, Garrison, Lionsgate and Ellington subdivisions off Amelia Church Road. Detectives later identified two juvenile suspects. Three cars with the keys left inside were stolen. The first offender, a 16 year-old, was arrested last weekend and is being held in secure custody in Raleigh. The second offender has been identified and charges are being brought forward in juvenile court.
Chief Tart said two of the stolen vehicles have been recovered. One was located by Clayton Police while conducting surveillance in Raleigh. The other vehicle was located by Chapel Hill Police. That vehicle was found after multiple car break-ins were reported in Chapel Hill.
The suspect currently in custody has been charged with 55 felonies for the 40 break-ins and one motor vehicle larceny. The second offender will face the same charges.
“We believe these individuals have targeted a number of vehicles in several areas including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. We have been working with multiple agencies to identify others that may have been involved,” Chief Tart said.
“We continue to encourage residents to make sure they lock their vehicles and remove all valuables from inside. We also ask our residents not to leave keys inside vehicles even for a short period of time. We ask that residents dial 911 to report any suspicious vehicles or individuals any time of day but especially after dark or late at night when these incidents have occurred,” Chief Tart stated.