Teen arrested in car break-ins, theft from children’s charity box

By on September 7, 2018

A teenager was arrested Friday after a foot chase in Kill Devil Hills on charges related to several vehicle break-ins and the theft of money from a Children’s Miracle Network donation box.

Police were alerted at 4:24 a.m. when a resident of the 1100 block of Virginia Dare Trail reported hearing car doors being open in the driveway. The resident saw a young man in a skull-faced mask getting into parked vehicles, called 911 and confronted the suspect, according to a Kill Devil Hills Police Department statement.

A few minutes later, a Kill Devil Hills officer spotted the suspect, who ditched his bicycle and ran away. Officers from Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Nags Head Police Department and Kitty Hawk Police Department converged on the area.

The suspect was spotted again running through the neighborhood by the original 911 caller, who helped direct police to the suspect. The 30-minute search covered an area between Tanya Drive and Landing Drive.

Police said the suspect admitted to trying to break into two dozen cars and got into seven that were unlocked. About $200 in cash was recovered.

Later in the morning, employees at the Kill Devil Hills Dairy Queen discovered that the Children’s Miracle Network donation box had been broken into. Security video showed a suspect who appeared to be the same young man.

The suspect was placed under bond at the Dare County Detention Center. In North Carolina, individuals over 16 can be charged as adults. But because they are still considered minors until the age of 18, police did not provide a name.

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Nice going punk – your parents must be so proud.