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Raleigh slaying suspect charged in break-in spree

Posted June 4, 2011 12:16 p.m. EDT

— A Morrisville man apparently went on a home break-in spree around the time he is accused of killing a woman found dead in a north Raleigh house in late May, according to arrest warrants.

Robert John Daidone, 22, of 204 Great Ridge Court, faces a string of charges in connection with stolen property and break-ins in Cary during the week of the death of Alison Ballan Jurich, a 34-year-old mother of 13-year-old twin boys.

Friends who hadn't heard from Jurich in several days found her dead in her rental house at 4601 Rockwood Drive on May 28, according to a 911 call. Police arrested Daidone the next day. They said the crime wasn't random but have not said how they linked Daidone to it.

Daidone was also charged with breaking into two homes in Cary on the day Jurich's body was found and stealing a Toyota Prius from a relative two weeks earlier.

On Friday, Cary police filed new charges against Daidone: two counts of breaking and entering, three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count each of attempted breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

Warrants state that Daidone broke into a house occupied by a man on Lantern Ridge Lane on May 21 and stole a Rolex watch, jewelry, cigar box, cash and a gift card worth nearly $11,000. Later that day, he used a stolen check at Papa John's Pizza and sold $1,090 worth of stolen property to two pawn shops, the warrants state.

He also broke into a house on Highwood Pines Place and tried to break into a house on Oxford Creek Drive between May 27 and 30, according to warrants.

Men were at home during all the break-ins and attempted break-in but weren't injured, the warrants state. The houses are about 5 miles from where Daidone lived.

He was given bond for the break-in charges but was denied it for the charge of first-degree murder in Jurich's death.

In December 2009, Daidone was the subject of a Silver Alert, a statewide system that quickly notifies the public about missing adults who suffer from cognitive impairments.

Two weeks later, he was arrested on first-degree burglary, felony breaking and entering and larceny charges in connection with thefts from two Cary homes on New Year's Day 2010.

He has previous convictions for drug possession and credit card fraud in Wake County, according to state Department of Correction records.