Burlington man charged in pair of business break-ins

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Rashaun Willie Wilkerson
Rashaun Willie Wilkerson

BURLINGTON, North Carolina (WTVD) -- A man was arrested in connection with two business break-ins in Burlington early Tuesday. On Wednesday, police obtained additional charges against him.

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On Tuesday, about 2 a.m., Burlington police officers responded to a burglar alarm at Womack Electric, 1250 S. Mebane St.

Officers said the building had been broken into, and a witness said they saw a white Ford F-150 leaving the business right before officers got there.

Police were able to identify a suspect through surveillance video.

Further investigation showed the pickup had been stolen from Alamance Health on N. Graham Hopedale Road and then used in the Womack break-in.

A few hours later, police responded to a break-in at La Cocina Mexican Restaurant at 1715 N. Church Street. The front-door glass had been broken

Police reviewed surveillance video from La Cocina and determined the suspect was the same man in the earlier break-in.

Rashaun Willie Wilkerson, 36, of the 600 block of Center Ave, Burlington, was arrested a short distance from La Cocina.

Wilkerson was taken into custody without incident.

He has been charged with:

  • One count of felony breaking and entering of building
  • One count of possession of burglary tools
  • One count larceny of motor vehicle
  • One aide and abet forgery

On Wednesday, Wilkerson was additionally charged in other incidents, including:

  • Five counts of felony break-in of building
  • One count felony larceny
  • One count of possession of burglary tools
  • Four counts larceny after break/enter
  • Two counts attempted breaking or entering of building

Wilkerson is being held at the Alamance County Jail. His original $150.000 secured bond was raised by an additional $75,000.

The cases remain under investigation. Additional charges are potentially pending, police said.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500. For anonymous methods, call Alamance County Wide Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100 or text 8398 to 274637 for a text-a-tip method, both with possible cash rewards.