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Suspect Arrested in Scores of N. Raleigh Break-Ins

Posted March 31, 2007
Updated April 1, 2007

— Raleigh police say one man is responsible for the burglaries of dozens of cars and several homes, as well as the burning of three cars.

Investigators said Timothy Piper, 22, had a plan—look for unlocked vehicles near his own home in North Raleigh and target anything of value.

"He was trying to find unlocked vehicles,” said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue. “(He would) look around and see if there were items that could be stolen."

Police said they believe Piper broke into nearly 50 cars in the areas around Millbrook Road and Falls of Neuse Road, making off with everything from wallets to digital cameras

“Everything was ransacked, the glove compartment was wide open,” said theft victim Don Jackson. “They just went through everything.”

Jackson's camera and a calculator were stolen from his car while he slept. Police said some of the crimes could have been avoided if people locked their doors.

"Take, lock, hide—take your keys, lock your door, hide your belongings,” Sughrue said.

Raleigh police said some of the crimes date back to mid-February. Piper now faces a total of 87 charges, including breaking into several garages in the area and burning three cars. Investigators said he even set the interior of a Wake County deputy's squad car on fire.

Piper is being held at the Wake County Jail on $200,000 bond.


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  • countrygirl4u143 Apr 13, 2007

    psychobabble: I have a response to your comment. You said that he's already been charged with assault against a female, yea that charge is because of me. I put him in jail and they charged him with that. so yea but really, I don't care if his family or friends read this or not. They can all kiss my a**. He's gonna be right where he belongs

  • countrygirl4u143 Apr 13, 2007

    Tim deserves to be in prison. He's done so many bad things to people to really scar them for life. I would know better than anyone, because he's done unforgivable things to me. Some of you girls out there may think that he's cute but trust me, it's not worth it. He's a horrible guy and I'm glad he's off the streets where he can't cause any more harm to anyone!!!!!

  • ncguy Apr 2, 2007

    greek girl you may want to change your online name-LOL!!!!!

  • Greekgirl Apr 2, 2007

    hondaman:Like I said ...if you are willing it's their ,but rape in prison nearly unheard of.1 family member is a Super.and 2 more wokr as guards...thats how I know

  • superman Apr 2, 2007

    Greekgirl-- dont know where u been hiding-- but plenty of sex is prison. I worked in prisons for 30 years-- how long you been working in one?

  • nursevb8 Apr 2, 2007

    Black or white doesn't matter. I wonder about his address being North Raleigh. A classier section of town. He doesn't look or act like he would live there. KATMAMA, open your eyes. he isn't good looking, he has big ears too

  • Greekgirl Apr 2, 2007

    N.C. Lover;Get over the sex in prison thing,it's way too dated,and not true.But it does exist if you want to partake.

  • El Doggo Apr 2, 2007

    Cracker, honkey, whitey or whatever they want to call out doesn't bother me. It is the double standard that tears me up...

  • Get a clue Apr 2, 2007

    El Doggo, it's socially acceptable for racism to be directed towards white people. Reverse discrimination is politically correct and not looked at as a big deal. Personally I could care less if I am called cracker or honky. I am a big enough person to shrug it off instead of using it as an excuse for a quick buck in a law suit or to get myself some media air time. Fair huh?

  • El Doggo Apr 2, 2007

    Oh, and WRAL? What is this? Honkey is not racially derogatory? You don't eliminate posts with honkey in them? To be sure, if the "n" word were used the poster would be banned!