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Teens arrested in rash of B&Es

WINTON – Two individuals – a 16-year-old male and a 14-year-old female juvenile – stand charged after confessing their involvement in a recent outbreak of crimes involving breaking-and-entering and larceny.

Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes said the crimes occurred between May 29 and June 3 at four locations of the Poortown area, just outside Ahoskie.

Hayes said Isaiah Dreaunte Holley of Ahoskie and his juvenile accomplice were each charged with six felony counts of breaking and entering and seven misdemeanor counts of injury to real property. Holley was also charged with three counts of larceny after breaking and entering.

Meanwhile, another breaking and entering/larceny case occurred May 28 at Tavern 125 in Murfreesboro, in which Holley later confessed.

The crime spree began May 29 at Vaughan’s Repair Service, located on the Drive-In Theater Road. There, cash and a cylinder of Freon were reported missing after entry was gained by means of a cinderblock being tossed through a glass door.

On the same date, break-ins were reported at Big Daddy’s Duck-Thru store and Hopscotch Lane, both located on NC 42 in Poortown. Cash and coins were stolen from both locations, where entry was gained by the same means as the Vaughan’s Repair Service break-in

Surveillance cameras at that location showed a black female and male outside those businesses. The male is seen throwing the cinderblock at the glass door at Big Daddy’s.

Fingerprint evidence was collected from the empty cash register at Hopscotch Lane.

Just before midnight on June 2, Hertford County deputies responded to an alarm at Corner Stone Book Store, located on NC 42 West near the Poortown community. Entry was gained after a rock was thrown through a glass door, but nothing was stolen, according to the business owner.

A short time later, deputies and Ahoskie Police responded to an alarm at Big Daddy’s. Upon arrival, the lawmen noted damage to a front door, but the owner later said nothing was taken. However, the glass door at Hopscotch Lane was broken out and entry was made where coins were stolen.

This time, however, the video camera showed two suspects running towards a residence at 401 NC 42 West. The officers visited that residence and interviewed Holley and the female juvenile. Hayes said both admitted to the string of break-ins and robberies.

Later in the day on June 3, HCSO investigators re-visited the same residence. After receiving permission, they searched the house, discovering empty money bags and coin wrappers. Sheriff Hayes said the search also turned up a 16-gague shotgun reportedly stolen in Bertie County.

“This was great teamwork by my staff, Ahoskie Police and Murfreesboro Police that ended with this arrest and the drawing of a juvenile petition,” Hayes said. “It was great to assist the business owners impacted by these crimes.”

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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