Investigators: Man commits 6 break-ins in 6 days

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff Writer

ROCKINGHAM — A man fresh out of prison for a 2013 break-in is now facing charges from two agencies in connection to six more break-ins that occurred within a week of each other.

Roland Eugene Chavis, 38, of Hannah Pickett Avenue in East Rockingham, is accused of breaking into into a convenience store on U.S. 1, south of Rockingham, stealing assorted cigarettes on July 3 and $520 on July 6.

Investigators say he broke into Maytag Laundry and Cox Insurance — both on Biltmore Drive — on Independence Day by damaging their doors, stealing an undisclosed amount of money from each location.Office.

On July 8, investigators say Chavis broke into a garage on Mill Road, stealing $100. He also accused of breaking into the IGA grocery store on Airport Road the following day, where he allegedly stole multiple cartons of cigarettes.

Chavis was released from prison June 14 after a nearly five-year stint on felony breaking and entering and larceny charges — from the same convenience store — on May 28, 2013, according to investigators.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office arrested Chavis on Monday following an investigation. The Rockingham Police Department identified him as a suspect following a review of security footage.

The sheriff’s office has charged Chavis with four felony counts each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. RPD has additionally charged him with two felony counts each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and injury to personal property.

Chavis is held under a $25,000 secured bond at the Richmond County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court July 27.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Chavis has been convicted on numerous felonies dating back to January 1998, when he was convicted of three felony counts of breaking and entering a vehicle, one felony count of larceny of over $200, and one misdemeanor count each of larceny and wanton injury to personal property, for which he served seven months in prison.

In December 2000, he was convicted of one felony count each of possessing stolen goods and possess with intent to sell a Schedule VI controlled substance, serving eight months in prison. In August 2002, Chavis was convicted of felony breaking and entering, felony breaking and entering a vehicle and misdemeanor larceny, all of which were consolidated with a March 2002 conviction for a felony charge of possessing stolen goods which put him in prison for a year and two months.

In February 2004, Chavis was again convicted for larceny after breaking and entering, was deemed a habitual felon and served five years and nine months in prison. Five months after being released, in April 2010, his release was revoked and he spent the next eight months behind bars.

He was convicted of two felony counts of breaking and entering in September 2011 and sentenced to five months in prison. In June 2012 he was convicted of felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor resisting an officer, for which he served 10 months in prison. Then, six months after his release, he began what would be a five-year sentence for a total of four felonies: two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering.

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

Reach Gavin Stone at 910-817-2674 or [email protected]

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By Gavin Stone

Staff Writer