Police charge Elm City man with 10 car break-ins

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An Elm City man faces multiple charges following a rash of car break-ins.

On Tuesday at 1:15 a.m., police officers were conducting security checks at A Cheap Ride Auto Sales on U.S. 301 South due to motor vehicle burglaries in the area. While conducting the patrol, officers found car parts arranged in a pattern that indicated a possible larceny in progress, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud.

Stroud said officers searched a vehicle and found 51-year-old Arthur L. Braswell hiding in the back of the car.

Due to recent car break-ins in the area and the one that was being investigated, Braswell was charged with 10 counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, police said.

Braswell, of 5009 Curve Road, was initially jailed under a $6,000 secured bond.

Stroud said due to Braswell being out on bond for previous car break-in charges, Wilson Police Department officers attended his first appearance in Wilson County District Court and requested his bond be raised.

Braswell’s bond was increased to $35,000.

Police ask anyone with information on the car break-ins to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.