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Police arrest suspect in 17 business break-ins

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Sep 09 2013 02:39:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 10 2013 05:36:39 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Police said they have charged a man for breaking into 17 Greenville businesses.

According to investigators, 29-year-old Yachtrez Wood was arrested on Sept. 4. Police said Wood burglarized the 17 businesses over the past two months.

Victims like Kathy Swindell were excited to hear about the arrest. "I'm still not quite sure how they brought it all together, but, it's exciting to know that they caught him," said Swindell.

Investigators say they used scene evidence, surveillance video and physical surveillance to make the arrest.

Jerome Dixon is another victim of the burglaries. "It's a violation of course, any time something like this happens it's shocking," said Dixon. The arrests, however, have calmed his nerves. "It was a good feeling, I slept very well last night," he said.

In most of the break-ins, Wood likely used concrete blocks or bricks to smash the windows, police said. In some of the cases, the suspect allegedly pried open back doors. Wood stole cash and other valuables from the businesses, according to investigators.

Wood has been charged for the following burglaries:

911 S. Memorial Dr.Ernie’s Famous Subs    Aug. 27
2201 Dickinson Ave.    Blessed Hands Car Wash   Aug. 26
1804 Dickinson Ave.  Sam’s Lock and Key    Aug. 26
921 Dickinson Ave.   Bob’s Barbershop       Aug. 26
309 Hooker Rd.   Hardy Auto Group     Aug. 26
504 W. 9th St.Blue Ox Games    Aug. 25
1025 Dickinson Ave.Dickinson Auto & Tire     Aug. 24
919 Dickinson Ave.   Nostalgia Newsstand Aug. 24
2900 E 10th Street               Capital Automotive  Aug. 23
1005-A Hamilton St.            Tilly’s BarbershopAug. 23
3195 E. 10th St.   Tortillera Yenith StoreAug. 20
1305 E. 10th St.Twist Hair Salon Aug. 16
1901 Charles Blvd.  Super Cuts Hair SalonAug. 15
2907 E. 10th St.Hwy. 55 restaurant July 29
4054 S. Memorial Dr.Mi CabanaJuly 29
425 SE Greenville Blvd. Cici’s PizzaJuly 29
500 SE Greenville Blvd. Batteries Plus  July 29

Wood allegedly broke into as many as three or four stores in one night on several occasions.

Wood was being jailed under a $145,000 bond. He has arrests dating back to 2004 for drug offenses, robbery, burglary and auto theft, according to police.