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Police: Burglary Suspect May Have Stolen More Than $1M of Property

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RALEIGH — A confessed thief may have stolen more than $1 million of property during a two-year-long burglary spree.

Michael Bozelle, 22, faces numerous charges, including three counts of breaking and entering, 16 counts of motor vehicle theft and one count of attempted motor vehicle theft. He may face more charges.

Investigators say that accounts for close to 35 percent of the vehicles stolen in Raleigh in January. They believe Bozelle is responsible for a crime spree that spanned two years and stretched from Greenville to Greensboro.

Raleigh police found him in a hotel thanks to a Crimestoppers tip.

Police are also checking to see if Bozelle can be linked to other recent robberies in the Triangle. They believe he may be connected to 300 crime reports in Raleigh, including burglaries at 25 apartment complexes.

Bozelle, who is being held in the Wake County Correctional Center, says getting into some apartments was sometimes "too easy."

Most of the stolen property has been recovered. Some of it can been seen on the police department'sWeb site.

Todd Canipe came to the Raleigh Police Department to pick up stolen property Wednesday. Canipe says $14,000 worth of items were taken from his home Dec. 26.

"I lost 550 CDs," he said, looking over the items he was taking home. "Looks like I'll get 150 of them back, a lot of DVDs, a camcorder, DVD player, a Playstation 2, Playstation 2 games. I'm getting back a lot of stuff, but not everything." ,Brian Shrader

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