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Chase suspect charged in 15 break-ins

Posted February 26, 2010 10:00 a.m. EST
Updated February 26, 2010 11:05 a.m. EST

— A Fuquay-Varina man arrested after a 30-minute chase in Raleigh early Thursday has been charged with committing 15 break-ins in the past week, according to arrest warrants.

Gaven Marcus Stubberfield, 35, faces 15 counts of breaking-and-entering, 10 counts of larceny after breaking-and-entering and one count of attempted breaking-and-entering.

The warrants say that Stubberfield broke into car washes, salons, restaurants, gyms and other businesses along Six Forks, Wake Forest, Falls of Neuse and Duraleigh roads. The break-ins occurred from last Friday through Thursday.

Stubberfield stole $1,400 worth of wine bottles from Bella Monica, along with cash, loose change and TVs from other businesses, the warrants say.

He also faces charges of driving while impaired, felony speeding to elude arrest and other traffic violations in connection with Thursday's chase.

State troopers said that a Raleigh police officer tried to stop Stubberfield because his 2000 BMW matched one seen at a recent break-in. He sped away and led a chase that ended when a trooper hit his vehicle outside Crabtree Valley Mall. Troopers said he refused to come out of the car, and they had to break a window, use a Taser gun on him and drag him out of the window.

He was being held in the Wake County jail Friday under a $330,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Friday afternoon.