RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh police have charged two teens in connection with eight residential burglaries that occurred in the northeast section of the city last month.
Marquis Daletwand Elkerson, 17, and Jaquan Maurice Wiggs, 16, were each charged on Friday with five counts of burglary, four counts of possession of stolen property and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
The investigation of the cases is continuing.
Five-year-old Kaya Nicklow and her family live in one of the houses that was robbed.
"They stole all of our movies and our CD's, and they stole all of our money," Kaya said.
"When I walked in the room and saw everything scattered and the back door open, then I realized that we had been robbed,” said Kaya’s father Antares Nicklow.
There are still marks on the door where the burglars broke in. And they're not alone. A house on Englefield Drive, a two-story home on Farmington Grove Drive and another one on Brimfield Drive were also targeted.
"Even their underwear drawers were upside down and emptied,” said Amanda Nicklow, Kaya’s mother. “Knowing someone had their hands on our 5- and 3-year-old’s underwear, we lost it."
The Nicklow family said the thieves got away with a video camera and digital camera with irreplaceable memories of their two girls, prescription medication and a special coin collection that can't be replaced.
"My dad was in the military and went to many places and brought them back for me, so that had a lot of sentimental value,” Amanda Nicklow said.
The Nicklow’s neighbors said the string of burglaries is plain scary.
“I'm telling my husband, ‘Be sure and lock everything when you walk out the door,’” said neighbor Tracey Tabor. “I mean, automatically you get concerned.”