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Durham man charged in Chapel Hill break-ins

Posted July 26, 2012

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— A 19-year-old Durham man faces 19 charges in connection with a series of home break-ins in three Chapel Hill neighborhoods.

Chapel Hill police said the break-ins occurred in the Estes Hills, Somerset and Ironwoods neighborhoods between June 21 and July 18.

John Alfred Cradle was arrested Thursday on seven counts of felony breaking and entering, six counts of misdemeanor injury to real property, four counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering, and one count each of attempted breaking and entering and felony larceny.

Cradle was released from jail after posting a $2,500 secured bond.


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  • NiceNSmooth Jul 27, 2012

    lol... well we know that the people in Durham are safe... he likes to rob in Chapel Hill

  • ifcdirector Jul 27, 2012

    Leave it to a judge in Orange County to give someone like this bond.

  • Obamacare Jul 27, 2012

    Good for him. Now he can go back out and work on perfecting his craft.

  • beach2011 Jul 27, 2012

    Why is he given bond??? Maybe he will get out and rob the judges house!!!

  • not my real name Jul 27, 2012

    why didn't they just give him a slap on the hand and pack him a lunch on his way out the door? His bond should have been $2500 for EACH charge.

  • Warm Soft Dose of Snah Jul 27, 2012

    Be looking for this guy at a home near you soon!

  • aetius476 Jul 27, 2012

    "Cradle was released from jail after posting a $2,500 secured bond."

    Thanks justice system! It cost this kid $250 (10% to bondsman) to get out of jail. That is less than one house job. Just the cost of doing business. He can be back at "work" this evening....

  • outdoor592000 Jul 27, 2012

    I agree, $2500 for felony B & E...........and you wonder why there is no motivation to quit crime and get a job. I guess better stuff to steal in Chapel Hill.

  • lasm Jul 27, 2012

    Only $2500 secured bond and released from jail. Way to go Chapel Hill-you really taught him a lesson, huh? (NOT!)