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

Posted August 23, 2009 2:52 p.m. EDT
Updated August 24, 2009 1:45 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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