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18-year-olds charged in string of vehicle break-ins

Posted August 23, 2009
Updated August 24, 2009

— Two 18-year-olds from Raleigh were charged in a string of vehicle break-ins and larcenies overnight, according to arrest warrants.

Jordan Gregory Keen, of 1013 Stonewater Drive, and Zachary Keegan Williams, of 4228 Landsbury Drive, each face eight counts of felony breaking-and-entering a motor vehicle and four counts of felony larceny.

According to arrest warrants, Keen and Williams broke into a vehicle at 417 Matheson Place in Cary and six vehicles at four homes in the 4900 block of Mashpee Lane in Apex. They stole a radar detector, iPods and sunglasses, the warrants say.

Homeowner Eileen Sladek said she saw two people get in her car in her garage and start shuffling through things around 1 a.m. Sladek said she yelled and chased the people on foot, while her teenage sons got in her vehicles and searched for the people.

“I was just mad. I was mad that they were on our private property, our private area, and in my son's car. He was mad,” Eileen Sladek said.

Sladeks chased the suspects, but they got away. Nearly 10 minutes afterwards, Sladek said she saw one of them again and he was walking towards her house.

“I’m just standing here waiting. But I didn't really think he was going to come back. That was kind of dumb,” she said.

She said the suspect saw her and hopped a neighbor's fence.

Cary homeowner Ron Bagwell said his Chevy Tahoe was also broken into.

“It's weird, because every night I lock this (vehicle) up, and my wife and I went out to dinner with some friends, came home – and the one night we leave this (garage) open, this happens,” Bagwell said.

Keen and Williams were processed at the magistrates' office in Raleigh late Sunday morning. They were being held in the Wake County Jail, each under a $15,000 bond.

Sunday was Williams' 18th birthday, according to arrest warrants.

Vehicle break-in locations


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  • lorivalentine1 Aug 24, 2009

    Thats OK.. wait till teehy get to prison.. They will be liked very much by the general population and then they will not think they are so big and bad.

  • Supie Aug 24, 2009

    my cousin was involved in felony B&E when he was this age. He went thru a bad phase. He was treated harshly by the courts and today he is a wonderful person, great husband and father, he changed his ways and he never looked back. I hope these boys are held responsible in a decisive and reasonable way and I hope their true characters use the experience well.

  • shortcake53 Aug 24, 2009

    I guess he didnt get what he wanted for his birthday so decided to get it himself. Think he got more than he bargained for.....
    and the price will be rather high.

  • purplepat777 Aug 24, 2009

    Today it's iPods and sunglasses but who knows what they might steal in the future if this isn't nipped in the bud (as Barney liked to say). Most burglers do start off small.

  • IzzMad2016 Aug 24, 2009

    Jeez Professor -- who tinkled in your Wheaties today? I'm all about these kids being punished and taught a lesson but you're kind of over the top, don't you think? You seem to be assuming a lot (all of it negative) about these boys and their parents --children of the best of parents sometimes get into trouble ... it happens ... a little compassion goes a long way.

  • stosh212121 Aug 24, 2009

    Its time for these kids/adults to get a lesson in accountability. Something that is lacking in this country. They did the crime now they need to do the time. There is no excuse. Taxes keep going up, well here's a chance for some free labor. Put these kids to work and put this crime on thier record. Teach them a lesson.

  • netizen Aug 24, 2009

    "I could care less how much it would cost for their up keep." Der Perfossor.

    You must drive a Lamborghini since you care not the cost. Probably think our penal system is effective at rehabilitation too? You ever hear of the concept of "appropriate punishment"? It also goes by the monikers "Measured response" and "Sanity". Even the middle eastern practice of lopping off a thief's hand would be more humane (though heinous in its own right) than your suggestion, which is ignorant at best if not criminal.

    As far as blaming the parents, I'm getting sick and tired of folks looking for a scapegoat. It's the parents' fault? Yeah, like it's McDonald's fault you're fat and burned your lap with their coffee. What this country needs is a good dose of personal responsibility! Gee, I slipped on the ice... it's icy out today...maybe I should have been more careful...and choose NOT to sue the city. They made bad decisions and should pay an * appropriate * penalty.

  • Professor Aug 24, 2009

    I also know one of the kids involved here

    Well then you should have been in his life helping him. But you can now write him while sitting in the county jail. :)

  • Gnathostomata Aug 24, 2009

    Gee, poor kids...Wait! These were not "kids", but adults who are certainly old enough to know better than to vandalize the property of other people. I had the same thing happen to my camper, and it leaves a horrible feeling of being victimized, taking away trust, not to mention the objects that were trashed or stolen. When is this country going to "change" to understand that it isn't about "ME", but about how the other guy is being treated? To allow these two brats/thieves/jerks/hoodlums to get a small reprimand is to tell the victims that they do not matter as much as the perps. It's where we took a wrong turn in Alberqueque, according to Bugs...

  • Professor Aug 24, 2009

    Poor mommy and daddy's baby is on their way to prison. Hey, they can have visitation talking on the other side of the glass by phone. Not bad at all. The evidence is speaking is why they are caught and sitting behind bars.