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Two charged in string of Durham break-ins

Posted August 14, 2009 3:10 p.m. EDT

— Durham police arrested two men Wednesday after a break-in at a home on Ward Street. Later, investigators connected the suspects -- Zaivier Julius Lee, 21, of Lexington Avenue and Nicholas Patrick Mastronardi, 18, of Francis Street -- with four other break-ins.

Lee is charged with breaking into the same house on Ward Street on Monday and Wednesday, and with break-ins Aug. 4 on Legion Avenue, Monday on Nation Avenue and Wednesday on Perkins Road. Mastronardi is charged in the Tuesday break-in and in the ones on Legion Avenue and Perkins Road.

Both men face charges of larceny, felony conspiracy and obtaining property by false pretense.

Police recovered stolen items including electronics, a telescope, a check and cameras.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4583, ext. 29364 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.