Two local teens arrested for crime spree

June 19, 2008 9:00:00 PM PDT
Two Durham teens have been arrested after a year-long crime spree against triangle residents. The teens that admit they did these crimes said they did it because they were bored.

Eyewitness News was there Friday as Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez held a press conference to alert the media and local residents of what they are hailing as two major arrests against crime in the city.

Chief Lopez stated, "These break-ins happened in sporadic clusters in various geographic locations."

The crime spree landed these two teens behind bars without bond, facing multiple felonies. The crimes were so serious that Chief Lopez held Friday's press conference.

Lopez continued, "I think this is the larger crime problem of robberies, burglaries, shootings this is the larger problem."

The crimes have involved innocent victims in their homes or walking, jogging or working.

Robberies have been committed on Dacian Avenue, Ninth, Watts, Woodrow Streets and Oval Drive just to name a few. Some crimes have been more violent than others.

In one instance a man was jogging when a male armed with a shiny silver object approached him and demanded money. When the victim told him he had no money, the suspect struck the victim several times on the face with the metal object.

The first teen captured is 18-year-old Trey Brown, out on bond from another arrest, now faces multiple counts of robbery with a weapon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, simple assault and injury to personal property.

The second teen captured is 19-year-old Scott Eakes, out on bond from arrest in apex, now faces four counts of aiding and abetting robbery with a weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, assault, possession of a sawed off shotgun and possession of a stolen sheriff deputy vest.

The two are also charged in the March 6th shooting at a DATA bus stop, no-one was hurt but like the other crimes they are charged with committing, police say it could have been worse.

Chief Lopez ended with, "Thank god the bullets didn't connect with some of the victims that's how bad these guys were."

Durham police are also trying to link the teens to more than 60 additional crimes in other cities as well, they say this is just the tip of the iceberg and they hope these arrests will lead to other accomplices.


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