A 17-year-old male has been arrested for multiple vehicle break-ins, including the theft from a donation box.

At 4:24 a.m. on Sept.7, a resident in the 1100 block of North Virginia Dare Trail heard the noise of car doors being opened in their driveway. The resident observed a male in a skull-faced mask entering vehicles parked in the driveway of the residence. The resident called 911 and confronted the individual who fled on a bike.

A Kill Devil Hills officer responding to the 911 call spotted the suspect few minutes later; the suspect ditched his bicycle and fled on foot into the neighborhoods. Officers from Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Nags Head Police Department and Kitty Hawk Police Department converged on the area and helped establish a perimeter. Coincidentally, the suspect was again spotted running through the neighborhood by the original 911 caller. The caller helped direct police to the suspect who was then apprehended. The pursuit and search for the male suspect lasted approximately 30 minutes and covered the area between Tanya Drive and Landing Drive.

The suspect admitted to attempting to enter more than two dozen cars and was successful in gaining entry to seven unlocked vehicles. Approximately $200 in cash was recovered from the suspect. 

Later in the morning, employees at the Kill Devil Hills Dairy Queen discovered the Children’s Miracle Network donation box at their store had been broken into. Video from the store’s security cameras revealed that the suspect in this incident was the same individual involved in the vehicle breaking and entering incidents.

The suspect was placed under bond at the Dare County Detention Center. In North Carolina, persons over the age of 16 can be charged as an adult for criminal offenses; however, they are still considered a minor until the age of 18. Therefore, some information about the suspect, including a photo, is not being released.

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