Man accused in 5 Rockingham break-ins facing charges

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff Writer

ROCKINGHAM — Police on Monday charged a Rockingham man suspected of a least five break-ins.

The Rockingham Police Department received a report of a break-in on Sunday night and, after reviewing security footage, identified Levar Thaddeus Mitchell, 36, as a suspect, making the arrest the following day, according to a press release. Further investigation led police to believe that Mitchell could have also been involved in at least four other residential and business break-ins in the Rockingham area.

The warrants available Thursday showed that one of the homes broken into was on 3rd Avenue Pee Dee in Rockingham. From that home, Mitchell allegedly stole a television, a Roku device used for streaming media, a blue blanket, a rose gold watch, a silver watch, ramen noodles, pop tarts, oatmeal and Swiss cake rolls, according to the warrants. He also allegedly broke a window and a window-mounted air conditioning unit valued at least $200.

Mitchell has 28 total charges as of Thursday, though more could be added in the future. He is currently charged with five felony counts each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering; three felony counts of larceny of a firearm; four felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon; one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses; and one felony count of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

He is additionally charged with five misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property; two misdemeanor counts of possessing stolen goods; one misdemeanor count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for keeping a controlled substance; and one misdemeanor count of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.

Mitchell was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $125,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 14.

Mitchell has no prior convictions, according to online records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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By Gavin Stone

Staff Writer