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Wayne deputies link dead man to unsolved break-ins

Posted November 17, 2010

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— Wayne County authorities said Wednesday that they have tied a string of unsolved break-ins to a man who was killed two weeks ago while fleeing a state trooper.

Dustin Ray Mitchell died on Nov. 3 when he lost control of his vehicle on Rosewood Road and crashed, authorities said. A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper had stopped at a Rosewood Road residence to check on a suspicious vehicle, and as he approached the vehicle, Mitchell sped off through the yard.

After Mitchell's death, his family approached Wayne County Sheriff's Office investigators and provided information tying him to several unsolved burglaries, authorities said.

Detectives cleared eight residential and business break-ins, nine motor vehicle break-ins, 20 larcenies and one case of injury to personal property in the areas near Rosewood Road, Luby Smith Road, U.S. Highway 70 West, Pikeville-Princeton Road and the Edgebrook subdivision. Some of the property stolen in the incidents has been returned to the owners, authorities said.

"I can certainly sympathize with any family that loses a family member in such a tragic accident. It shows the great character of the family members that, even with their loss, they did the right thing and came forward with the information that they had,” Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said in a statement.

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  • Lyle Nov 17, 2010

    Based on the headline, was he dead when he committed the break-ins? I'm confused......

  • paul42510 Nov 17, 2010

    You people are brutal! The family did the right thing. Good for them! In addition to losing their son, they caused his memory to be forever tarnished. What more could they have done before you all would not sit in judgment of them?

  • Twittyfan Nov 17, 2010

    When a loved ones is on drugs some people stay in denial for the longest time.. I don't think the family needs to be charged in this case because you can't help what your children/spouse etc do. They may have suspected him all along but possibly allowed the WCSO to take fingerprints etc to help them out. Prayers to the family.

  • mad_dash Nov 17, 2010

    Yeah! One down.. how many more criminals to go??

  • pebbles262004 Nov 17, 2010

    That's what I was thinking...If they knew this, why didn't they tell sooner?? Were they thinking that they would get caught with the stuff and be charged. Maybe they where in on the break- ins and other stuff and saw this as a way out of it..... JMO

  • Crucialcobversations Nov 17, 2010

    Anderson, you m*%0N, the family may have known nothing until his death when they were going through his personal items and probably discovered the stolen loot. Certainly glad you are not a member of law enforcment, and from that post I am certain you are not, and if you are , go back for remedial BLEC.

  • ashleyisthe1 Nov 17, 2010

    After Mitchell's death, his family approached Wayne County Sheriff's Office investigators and provided information tying him to several unsolved burglaries, authorities said.

    Shouldn't they be charged with being accessories after the fact if they knew this information?

    - no because they may not have found out until after his death, he was probably hiding this information from his family and after his death they uncovered everything. And i dont think the police dept would charge someone after they came forth with all this information and having the items to be returned. it wouldnt be smart on their part.

  • mochabrown Nov 17, 2010

    TO Anderson: I agree with you. They apparently knew he was doing this, probably got money off items, if sold.

  • R from Raleigh Nov 17, 2010

    Anderson - suppose the family were going through the deceased relative's effects and discovered the revealing information? I don't know, but you don't either. Cases cleared - good by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and thanks to the family.

    And of course staying with the synical said of golo - hope he does not have to break-in to his next location.

  • anderson Nov 17, 2010

    After Mitchell's death, his family approached Wayne County Sheriff's Office investigators and provided information tying him to several unsolved burglaries, authorities said.

    Shouldn't they be charged with being accessories after the fact if they knew this information?