• Victim’s son leads police to Erwin man.
By SHAUN SAVARESE
Of The Record Staff
Twenty-one car break-ins in Erwin and Dunn beginning in early April have all been linked to a local man, arrested Thursday morning at Walmart in Dunn.
Timothy Scott Norris, 22, of Raiford Road, Erwin, was taken into custody around 6 a.m. after a tip from a break-in victim alerted Erwin and Dunn Police to his location.
“It was joint effort between Erwin PD, Dunn PD and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office,” Erwin Police Chief Jonathan Johnson said. “Over the past several months, each agency has had several vehicle breaking and enterings of which various property was removed from the vehicle.”
Chief Johnson said that Thursday morning at 4 a.m. Erwin Police was dispatched to Twin City. Upon arrival, Erwin Police Officer Ryker Tart received several additional vehicle break-in reports in the area.
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they were finding the vehicle had been broken into during the night,” Chief Johnson said.
During the course of the investigation, the son of one of the victims followed Mr. Norris as he drove to Walmart in Dunn. He watched Mr. Norris go inside and then notified police, Erwin Police report.
“Inside the vehicle, several items that had been reported stolen were recovered,” said Chief Johnson.
Dunn Police Department Detective Brannan reported a dozen charges related to Thursday night thefts on Bruce Drive in Dunn. Mr. Norris was charged with seven counts of felony breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, three counts felony larceny and two counts of misdemeanor larceny in the Dunn cases. Detective Brannan said more Dunn charges may be pending following the current and ongoing investigation.
Erwin Police Lt. Clark Wilkes reported 18 warrants from 14 Erwin incidents resulting in 40 charges facing Mr. Norris. The charges range from breaking and entering into a motor vehicle to misdemeanor larceny. Further charges may be forthcoming.
Dunn Police reported Mr. Norris had an order for arrest issued for failure to appear in court on two drug-related misdemeanor charges. His secured bond amount was set at $250,000.
Erwin Police asks residents who discover their vehicle broken into to report it and contact local law enforcement with any additional information on these crimes.
“It was good work by the public to be able to assist us in identifying the suspect …,” Chief Johnson said. “It was good police work all the way around by all the agencies involved.”