Beaufort County deputies arrest teen accused of dozens of break-ins

Deputies arrest teen accused of dozens of break-ins (Reporter: Michael Hennessey)

WASHINGTON, BEAUFORT COUNTY - Beaufort County deputies said they arrested a teen who is responsible for dozens of break-ins.

Jeffery Wayne Campbell, Jr., 17, of Broadcreek Road in Washington, is accused of a string of home and vehicle break-ins between Jan. 11 and May 13. The crimes happened in the areas of Fairway Drive, River Road, Shady Banks Beach Road, Jamaka Road, Summerhaven Lane, and Wellesley Road in Washington, according to deputies.

On Monday, one of the victims provided a photo of the suspect, leading to his arrest on Tuesday.

"He decided to put up a hunting style trail camera and that got us a very good picture of the suspect," said Major Kenneth Watson of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. "We then worked with the community to get him identified, conducted an interview and were able to make many cases in this investigation."

With the arrest, 22 break-in cases have been solved, investigators said.

Campbell is charged with five counts of first-degree Burglary, 22 counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, three counts of felonious breaking and entering, two counts of larceny of a firearm, five counts of larceny after breaking and entering, one count of attempted felonious breaking and entering, and 11 counts of misdemeanor larceny.

The suspect's father, Jeffery Campbell Sr., spoke with his son in jail Thursday morning.

"He was a little upset," said Campbell Sr. "I think it's his first time being in somewhere like that. He's been in a group home but ain't nothing like the jail."

Campbell was being held under a $50,000 secured bond at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

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