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Durham deputies make arrest in string of home break-ins

Posted November 15, 2013

— A Durham man was charged in a series of residential burglaries after deputies said they found hundreds of stolen items inside his house.

Kamel Mark Hanna, 25, was arrested Monday following the search at his home in the 400 block of Edwards Street, and Durham sheriff’s investigators said Friday that more arrests are likely in the rash of break-ins that have stretched across Durham, Wake and Orange counties.

Hanna has been linked to 11 burglaries in Durham County, three in the City of Durham, five in Wake County and one in Orange County. Investigators seized stolen firearms, jewelry and electronics from his home.

“Having your home broken into is very personal and upsetting. I hope that the arrest of this individual will bring peace of mind to those who have been victimized and demonstrate that we do our best to solve every crime that is reported to us,” Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said in a statement. “That said, we can’t do it alone. I encourage everyone to look out for yourself and your neighbors. Please call us immediately if you observe any suspicious activity or people in your neighborhood.”

Deputies developed Hanna as a suspect after responding to a break-in Saturday at a home in the 6100 block of Baird Street. A neighbor had outdoor security video that captured images of the robbers pulling a vehicle into the driveway, approaching the house and leaving a few minutes later.

Hanna was charged with 11 counts of breaking and entering, eight counts of possession of stolen property, 11 counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of possession of a stolen firearm and three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was being held in the Durham County jail under a $670,000 bond.

Investigators are searching for Eric Michael Jordan, 28, of the 10000 block of Wesgate Club Drive in Raleigh, and Alexander Galifinakis, 28, of the 300 block of South Lasalle Street in Durham. They have been identified as “persons of interest.”

Anyone with information about the men or who thinks their property may have been recovered during the investigation is asked to call their local law enforcement agency.


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  • chuck13 Nov 19, 2013

    Don't be the next victim of a home break in . get a burglarproof door! www.gibraltdoor.com gave me rock solid peace of mind.

  • chuck13 Nov 19, 2013

    oh yeah ? if it were on a panic room he could have taken refuge behind it ,called for help and lived to fight another day

  • TITAN4X4 Nov 15, 2013

    Dude, you got caught with stolen items and felony possession of a firearm x3. Weather you did the crime or not, you still had them in your possession. As a prior convicted felon, get ready for the big house.

  • eyeoneastsky Nov 15, 2013

    Wonderful News!