Man charged with string of break-ins in Durham

Edward Guterl

November 23, 2010 9:02:51 AM PST
A Durham man has been charged with nine break-ins and seven larcenies committed during the past five weeks.

Edward Daniel Guterl, 33, was arrested Monday when Durham Police officers responded to a break-in call in the 200 block of South Guthrie Avenue. When officers arrived, they found Guterl inside the house next to an air conditioning unit. Police say he was holding a pair of bolt cutters. A second air conditioning unit that had been damaged was also found.

Investigators say Guterl is charged with burglaries and larcenies at homes on Liberty Street, Miami Boulevard, Lathrop Street, Holloway Street, East Main Street, Maple Street, Young Street, Clay Street, Raynor Street, Park Avenue and Hyde Park Avenue. Three of the break-ins happened on the same day. Most of the homes were vacant or under renovation, according to police. Appliances were stolen from some of the homes.

Guterl is in the Durham County Jail under a $300,000 bond. In addition to the breaking and entering and larceny charges, Guterl was charged with five counts of larceny after breaking and entering, one count of possession of burglary tools, one count of injury to personal property and one count of possession of stolen property.

Police say Guterl was charged with a similar break-in on July 8, when he was found in the attic of a home on Evelyn Street near a damaged air conditioning unit.

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