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Police link Cary, Raleigh pizza break-ins

Posted November 5, 2013

— Cary police said Tuesday that they have linked a man arrested following a break-in at a Raleigh pizza parlor with at least two similar crimes at places where he used to work.

Michael John Spero, 28, of 1300 Maroubra Loop in Cary, was charged Tuesday with breaking and entering, attempted breaking and entering and larceny in connection with an Oct. 30 break-in at New York Pizza, at 6458 Wellingborough Drive, and an attempt to break in to Brooklyn Boys, at 1260 Northwest Maynard Road, on Oct. 22.

Anthony Masino, owner of New York Pizza, said Monday that Spero worked for him for as an assistant manager before going to work at Brooklyn Boys.

More charges are possible, a Cary police spokesman said.

Detectives are also investigating Spero in four other similar crimes since Oct. 20 in which someone broke into pizza restaurants and took money that had been hidden.

In each case, police said the culprit entered the back doors of the businesses, appeared to know where to go to get cash and was then out in a matter of seconds.

Raleigh police arrested Spero and Rachael Megan Larocca, 28, of 4024 Fern Meadow Drive in Cary, early Monday morning after a break-in at Teddy's Pizza & Pasta at 5563 Western Blvd.

According to a search warrant returned Tuesday for a 2004 Honda Civic registered to Leslie Larocca, a Cary police officer had suspects – the warrant doesn't specify who – in the Cary cases under surveillance when he saw the Civic pull behind Teddy's, heard an alarm and saw Spero leaving the restaurant and Larocca waiting for him in the car.

The detective contacted Raleigh police who intercepted the car at a Kmart at the corner of Western Boulevard and Blue Ridge Road and detained them.

Police searching the vehicle found several items, including a crowbar, a hammer, a rubber mallet, a pair of safety gloves, latex gloves, a black hat, a black bandanna, a backpack and a flashlight.

Spero was charged in the Raleigh case with two counts of felony breaking and entering and one count each of attempted breaking and entering, larceny and possession of burglary tools.

Larocca, who police said was also an employee at Brooklyn Brothers, faces charges of conspiracy breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit larceny.

Spero was being held in the Wake County Detention Center Tuesday morning under a $50,000 bond; Larocca was jailed under a $10,000 bond.

According to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records, Spero was serving 24 months of probation stemming from convictions in September on misdemeanor larceny and assault charges.

Larocca, who has a pending larceny charge in Lee County, was convicted in March on a misdemeanor larceny charge and received a 12-month suspended jail sentence and probation.

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  • edtomjr Nov 7, 2013

    These 2 are clowns. I saw that gofundme page a couple of days ago, so not only is their motive obvious, they stuck to robbing only pizza places, where Mike obviously spent a lot of time.

  • ncgirl12345 Nov 7, 2013

    They've been arrested so many times. How many thefts does it take for a person to actually SERVE time in jail as opposed to receiving a "suspended sentence?" They lost their possessions because they were evicted. It is nobody else's fault but their own that they did not retrieve their belongings before the eviction process was completed. Now, not only do they want to rob pizza stores, but they also want to have the general public support and fund their criminal activities by donating to their "fund" on Gofundme.com. What a great couple....of FRAUDS!

  • EricaSliver Nov 6, 2013

    Apparently Rachael set up a site for people to donate funds to them because the "lost everything" but it doesn't say exactly how they lost their possesions...odd. http://www.gofundme.com/4zczt8

  • Wags Nov 5, 2013

    For a career type criminal, he doesn't seem to be very good at it.

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 5, 2013

    Would you trust that guy with your pizza?

  • dmccall Nov 5, 2013

    I guess we know why he "used to" work in those places.

  • snshine62d Nov 5, 2013

    Perhaps start a new probation program where these kind of people are shipped off to Afghanistan for a year to help rebuild houses. Or the US could contact with the Afghan or Iraqi prison systems to handle our repeat offenders. Not_Time_Yet This is one of the more intelligent comments that I have seen on this sight in months and months. Could even make them work in America to repay for what they have done. Notice when prisons grew to overflowing was when we could no longer make them work and had to provide great life styles for them. Before anyone knocks this take a visit to the Butner Fed Prison. I have.

    Sounds like a good idea......

  • puzzled Nov 5, 2013

    Perhaps start a new probation program where these kind of people are shipped off to Afghanistan for a year to help rebuild houses. Or the US could contact with the Afghan or Iraqi prison systems to handle our repeat offenders. Not_Time_Yet

    This is one of the more intelligent comments that I have seen on this sight in months and months. Could even make them work in America to repay for what they have done. Notice when prisons grew to overflowing was when we could no longer make them work and had to provide great life styles for them. Before anyone knocks this take a visit to the Butner Fed Prison. I have.

  • Not_Time_Yet Nov 5, 2013

    "suspended jail sentence and probation"

    Yes, we can see how well that worked and is continuing to work.

    Perhaps start a new probation program where these kind of people are shipped off to Afghanistan for a year to help rebuild houses. Or the US could contact with the Afghan or Iraqi prison systems to handle our repeat offenders.

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 5, 2013

    This is why cops are shooting to kill more often these days. They're tired of chasing the same perps time and time again.

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