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Suspect In 'Smash-And-Grabs' Has Lengthy Record

Posted December 29, 2005

— A "smash-and-grab" suspect in at least 10 towns in and around the Triangle is now in the Wake County Jail. Police have now identified his alleged accomplice, who ran from the traffic accident that netted David Armitage on Tuesday.

Armitage faces eight counts in Cary. On Thursday, Apex hit him with six more. There are also five charges filed in Vance County, where he was arrested. Finally, Armitage has 17 outstanding charges in Tennessee, most for burglary.

Armitage appeared before a Wake County magistrate facing charges related to four break-ins in Cary. But police expect there's more to come.

Cary police say they are looking into 23 break-ins since November that fit the model: smashing windows before stealing cash and other items. Items found in Armitage's apartment include a large-screen TV, laptop computers, safes and a dozen cash register drawers. Now police say it's a matching game to figure out what property belongs to what victim.

And it's not just Cary sorting through the evidence. Armitage is either being investigated or facing charges in 10 North Carolina towns. In Henderson, it's not just breaking and entering, but running from police when he was taken into custody.

At that time, Armitage was driving an Audi. But police said the Jaguar parked outside his apartment was the one seen in surveillance video of the robberies that caused a tipster to call police. And he also drove the red Volvo parked outside the residence.

Police say he had just moved to the Brentmoore Apartments off of Capital Blvd. in November, coming from Tennessee. There, authorities say there are at least 17 warrants out for him, mostly for similar crimes.

The 31-year-old also has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1994. Right now, he's being held in Wake County, and he'll be traveling to face charges elsewhere.


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