Couple arrested for numerous home break-ins

(WTVD)

December 29, 2009 4:20:04 PM PST
A Raleigh couple is locked up and charged with a number of home break-ins in two counties.The take down of the pair is something their neighbors at the All Star Mobile Home Park in Raleigh say they won't soon forget.

"I went outside to feed the dogs and noticed that sheriff's were surrounding the house with guns drawn," suspects' neighbor Tony Stewart said.

"We've got people surrounding the trailer with guns drawn, in vests; it was like 'Law & Order' has come to the All Star Trailer Park," suspects' neighbor David Braswell said. "I said, 'hey, if guns are drawn I'll be glad to go inside ? lay under my bed if I have to.'"

Finally, Wake County sheriff's deputies arrested Ashley Barger and her boyfriend Jimmy Flores.

According to search warrants the two spent the last month breaking into several homes in southern Wake and Johnston counties - stealing jewelry, then selling the gold at local pawn shops.

It was the large amounts of jewelry that raised some eyebrows and something else that led to their arrest.

According to search warrants, investigators put a tracking device on their car and found out it was at one of the houses the same day the homeowner reported a break-in.

"He said they'd broken part of the door frame down and maybe once they got in his alarm went off," victim's neighbor William Dudley said.

The couple later apparently tried to ditch their ride.

"She said she had some friends coming over and wanted to know if she could park the car in my driveway overnight, because she needed an extra parking space," Stewart said. "I told her I didn't mind, it was no big deal."

Now he says it is a big deal and a big wake up call.

"You just never know who to trust anymore," Stewart said.

Authorities have charged Flores with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretenses, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation. He is being held on $55,700 bond.

Barger is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretenses. She is being held on $10,700 bond.

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