A small piece of plastic from a broken television remote control tied Javon Jamal Russell, 17, of Winston-Salem, along with three other men, to a December 2014 Ararat break-in.
Russell failed to appear in Surry County District Court on Tuesday for related felony charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods and property. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest. Darrian Sylvester Scott, 16, Terrerll Deshawn Romer, 17, and Anthony Nashawn Carpenter, 17, all of Winston-Salem, were also charged.
According to Surry County Detective Brent Trivette, Russell and alleged cohorts were arrested in Stokes County last December when their vehicle crashed following a chase with the State Highway Patrol in Stokes County.
The vehicle, which matched a witness description and partial tag, flipped before it wrecked.
The trunk popped open, spewing TVs, video game systems and tablets. Also found was a remote control with a piece missing that matched a piece found by the Ararat break-in victim.
Detectives believe the break-in was part of a two-day crime spree that spanned at least four counties in North Carolina and Virginia.
Other District Court results include:
– A warrant was issued for Anthony Lavon White, who failed to appear on Monday for felony charges of selling or delivering cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.
– Jamie Fred Caudill, 43, of State Road, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to three counts of failing to record accurate record of pawn transactions, a misdemeanor offense. Caudill was sentenced to 12 months probation and $430 in fines and costs.