Copper thief nabbed

Published 9:06 am Thursday, April 11, 2013

RICH SQUARE – A return visit to the scene of a crime led to the arrest of a Rich Square man.

Rasean Bolden, 31, was arrested Tuesday without incident and was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. The vehicle Bolden was driving was seized and impounded. He was placed in the Northampton County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond and made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Another suspect in the case remains at large.

According to Rich Square Police Chief A.B. Roye, at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Northampton County deputies were dispatched to 324 East Jackson Street in Rich Square (an unoccupied commercial building owned by Beasley Enterprises of Ahoskie) for a burglary in progress. Rich Square Police Department officers were busy with another investigation at the same time.

Roye said a citizen reported seeing a black male come out of the building and was picked up by another person operating a gray Pontiac Grand Prix. Deputy C. Collier and Sgt. J. Pair of the Northampton Sheriff’s Office arrived and found no one at the building, but evidence of the burglary was discovered. A window on the rear of the building was broken where entry was made. A large amount of copper wire and plumbing pipe was on the ground under the window. The interior of the building was severely damaged by the thieves when the pulled the wires and pipes from the ceiling and electrical boxes, Roye said.

Roye and Lt. K.L. Byrd arrived on the scene to complete the investigation. Citizens gave officers a tag number from the suspect vehicle and a suspect was already known. Officers left the copper materials at the scene and kept it under surveillance with hidden cameras and frequent patrols in hopes that the thieves would return to pick up the copper.

Roye said at 10 that night, Officer T.R. Staton was patrolling the area and saw the suspect vehicle with a driver and a front seat passenger leave the parking lot of this building. Officer Staton stopped the vehicle and the front seat passenger, a black male, ran. However, Bolden was arrested at the scene.

“The identity of the other suspect is not known at this time,” Roye said. “We are continuing our investigation.”

Roye asked if anyone has information related to this crime to please report it. You need not give your name. Contact the Rich Square Police Department at 252-539-2136, the Northampton Co. Sheriff’s Office at 252-534-2611 or Northampton County Crime stoppers at 252-534-1110.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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