Raleigh Police Nab "Bold Burglars"
Posted January 12, 1999
RALEIGH — Raleigh police say two men committed so many break-ins, they visibly boosted the entire city's crime rate.
Police say Rhashane Tillery and Dwight Carter are now behind bars, and are responsible for close to 100 break-ins of homes, businesses, and cars. They allegedly stole everything from Christmas gifts to a truck load of tennis shoes.
Thieves looted the Raleigh Girls Club eight different times. They even took Christmas gifts for needy children.
"The gifts were wrapped with the kids' names on them," says Club Director Ralph Capps. "It's just a terrible situation."
"They just opened the door and helped themselves to the product that was inside," says Buck Winbourne, who had $30,000 worth of brand-name tennis shoes stolen from his shipping company.
"It seemed like they were looking for specific sizes and colors and taking mostly the high dollar ones," Winbourne says.
Sgt. Mike Mise says the merchandise was stolen, then sold on the street, by two lone men. He calls Tillery and Carter two bold burglars.
"They even broke into a Raleigh Police Department vehicle and stole a walkie-talkie," Mise said. "They also broke into three Wake County Sheriff's cars."
Now, police and victims are celebrating the end of the crime spree.
"I'm elated, they should throw away the key," Capps said. "It's a relief that they won't be breaking in here."
Raleigh police want to get the stolen goods they were able to recover back to their rightful owners.
To claim your stolen items, check theRaleigh Police Department Web site. Pictures of the goods may not be posted until next week.