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Man accused of stealing Raleigh police badge

Posted June 9, 2008

— A Raleigh man was arrested Monday accused of breaking into cars at a police substation and stealing a police badge.

Kevin Douglas is accused of taking a police badge and then posting it on his MySpace page as if it was his own, officials said.

Douglas is accused of breaking into five vehicles at the Southwest District Station on Hutton Street. Four of those vehicles were owned by Raleigh Police officers. The fifth was a city owned vehicle.

The officer’s vehicles were unlocked at the time of the theft, a police spokesperson said.

Douglas was being held on a $52,000 bond at the Wake County Jail.


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  • RonnieR Jun 10, 2008

    Examples of magistrate written warrant: include breaking and
    entering when it is break or enter and, my favorite, scratch out feloniously, in the larcny verbage feloniously take, steal and carry away. They thought because statute law made it a misd that you were supposed to scratch out feloniouly, when in fact and in deed, at common law all larcenies are felonious. The felony and misdemeanor come in in statute law based on value, circunstances etc. I felt like a fool when I first started and used magistrates and lost cases because the defense attorney would correctly point to the court that the warrant was not valid on its face. Back then a citizen had the right to resist with all force up to, and including deadly force an illegal arrest. Since I retired, I think there is a duty to submit to
    afrrest, if the officer has a paper regardless of how defective it may be. Therefore, not as much care is needed in drawing up papers now.

  • RonnieR Jun 10, 2008

    I always charged high and let the DA deal down. Don't get in to magistrates, while I met some that were ok, most were barely literate and, of course, had an in with the CSC. A magistrate is a political appointment, doesn't pay a heap. I always, after I went to the then brand BLET in 1973, wrote up all my paperwork
    and showed the magistrate where to sign. Never had any problems in court after that!

  • wcnc Jun 10, 2008

    "...........in your case it would be "Trespassing"."

    I believe if you enter someone's home without their permission in order to commit a crime, it is B&E. And isn't that what most criminals are doing when they are in someone's house without their permission.....

    "It's typical for cops to go after the highest crime they can to get the suspect to plea bargain down to a lesser one. The cops usually do this when they don't have anything on the suspect that will stick."

    A LEO can't just charge any crime they want..... Especially for an arrestable offense, they need to show proof to the magistrate of the charge. If the crime doesn't fit the elements of the charge, it doesn't work out!! The DA's office and the LEO's are 2 difference departments, they aren't working together to charge high and plea low....

  • colliedave Jun 10, 2008

    How do you "break into" an unlocked vehicle."

    One opens the door of a car/residence that is not his own w/o permission from the owner.

  • RonnieR Jun 10, 2008

    Actually, the correct term is break or enter.

  • RonnieR Jun 10, 2008

    itls, break, in the legal sense, means to breach a barrier that one isn't supposed to the door could be open and it would still be a break. There doesn't have to be a physical

  • Glass Half Full Jun 10, 2008

    When will people learn that My Space and sites like it are open books into your personal life? If you post it, it's out there for the world to see. If you don't want everyone to know about it keep it to yourself. The article doesn't state an age but he's obviously not the brightest bulb in the box.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Jun 10, 2008

    This guy is an idiot. Have fun in the pokey!

  • Common Sense Man Jun 10, 2008

    felony or larceny......

  • Common Sense Man Jun 10, 2008

    "You're wrong mtr...........in your case it would be "Trespassing"."

    If you enter a dwelling with no intent to commit a felony it could be trespassing or breaking & entering. B&E would be the most appropriate charge b/c it's a higher class misdemeanor.