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Man wanted in LCD TV thefts

Posted March 17, 2010 10:34 a.m. EDT
Updated March 17, 2010 3:13 p.m. EDT

— Apex police on Wednesday asked for the public's help in locating a man wanted in three LCD television thefts from a local Target store since December.

In each case, the suspected thief walked straight through the store to the stockroom, grabbed a TV off a storage rack and walked out a security door in back, police said. He then loads the TV into a waiting vehicle and speeds off.

The man usually visits the store between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but the most recent theft occurred at about 10 p.m. on Feb. 18, police said. The man was in the Target store as recently as Tuesday.

He has been seen driving a 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora with a sunroof. The car, which has North Carolina tag ZNP-9644, is registered to Tracy Denise Howard. Howard’s real name is Tracy Denise Tilghman, and she has outstanding warrants in Maryland and a suspended New Jersey driver's license, police said.

The man wanted in the thefts also has been seen in an older gray Dodge Dakota, with North Carolina tag YVB-1738, and an older-model blue Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan, with North Carolina tag XZB-7094, police said.

Burlington police said a man matching the description of the Apex suspect stole TVs from stores on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14.

Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call Detective Michael Garafalo of the Apex Police Department at 919-249-3477.