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Man charged in 20 burglaries, break-ins

Posted September 15, 2010 10:28 a.m. EDT

— A Southern Pines man faces three counts of burglary and 17 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in connection with a string of home and vehicle break-ins.

James Nicholas Odum, 32, was also charged with one count of financial card theft and eight counts each of felony larceny and larceny after breaking and entering.

Southern Pines police investigators said they believe that Odum broke into homes and vehicles in the James Creek and Sundhurst neighborhoods and in other municipalities and unincorporated areas of Moore County between Aug. 2 and Aug. 30.

He was arrested by the Scotland County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 8 and placed in the Scotland County jail under a $250,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in Moore County District Court on Thursday.

Odum's criminal record dates to 1996 and includes convictions for common-law robbery and assault on a female and multiple counts of larceny and forgery, according to state Department of Correction records.

He served nearly a year in jail for a 2007 conviction for larceny from a person and three-month sentences in 1998 and 2006.