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Man accused of stealing $36K in property from Raleigh home

Posted January 26, 2015

Howard Lee Covington

— Wake County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars in property from a Raleigh woman.

Howard Lee Covington, 22, of 6104-D Spice Ridge Lane, was charged Monday with one felony count each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

An arrest warrant alleges that Covington stole jewelry, ammunition, iPads, computers, clothing and other items, valued at $36,629.73, from a home on Olde South Road in southwest Raleigh on Nov. 12.

Covington was placed in the Wake County Detention Center Monday afternoon, but a bond amount had not yet been set.


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  • Maureen Mercer Jan 28, 2015
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    Perhaps a tour in Iraq or Afganistan would do him some good. If he stole over there he could loose a lot.

  • mekanik911 Jan 27, 2015

    Naysayer, this is not a woman. Howard is not a woman's name. Wish someone had been home and killed this scum when he broke in.

  • allenmga Jan 27, 2015

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    What does your story have to do with this home invasion?

  • bmac813 Jan 27, 2015

    I have to Laugh. When I was in Business Three Time I was robbed, My Equipment worth $40,000. and not one of my Workers was Questioned, I had Two Trucks Stolen, the best part of all of this was Not only wasn't anyone ever Questioned NO ONE WAS EVER ARRESTED.

  • Naysayer Jan 27, 2015

    I hope this woman gets locked up for a long time. Thank goodness nobody was home when this happened.

  • david46 Jan 27, 2015

    If we really wanted this kind of crime to stop.....after 8 or 9 felony convictions, you are out! That individual will never be a useful productive citizen, and the people are tired of paying to feed, clothe, and house these individuals. Sounds harsh, my guess is a lot of these people would stop committing crimes if they were moving closer to a death sentence.

  • Alexia Proper Jan 27, 2015
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    True. I think 5 years of hard labor might do the trick, though.

  • miseem Jan 26, 2015

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    NC does have a habitual felons law, and this guy sounds like a perfect candidate for it. But it does not mandate life in prison. Many states are reviewing their three strikes laws because of prison overcrowding. It doesn't make a lot of sense to lock someone up for 40 years or more for three low level, non-violent felonies that considered singly, may call for probation or a few months in jail.

  • lec02572 Jan 26, 2015

    North Carolina needs the 3 strike law, like TX where 3 strikes and you are gone for life.

  • allenmga Jan 26, 2015

    By my count this will be his 7th felony conviction with various other misdemeanors sprinkled in. Talk about an absolute drain on society. Lock him up for 15-20.