GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Police said they have charged a man for breaking into 17 Greenville businesses.
According to investigators, 29-year-old Yachtrez Wood was arrested on Sept. 4. Police said Wood burglarized the 17 businesses over the past two months.
Victims like Kathy Swindell were excited to hear about the arrest. "I'm still not quite sure how they brought it all together, but, it's exciting to know that they caught him," said Swindell.
Investigators say they used scene evidence, surveillance video and physical surveillance to make the arrest.
Jerome Dixon is another victim of the burglaries. "It's a violation of course, any time something like this happens it's shocking," said Dixon. The arrests, however, have calmed his nerves. "It was a good feeling, I slept very well last night," he said.
In most of the break-ins, Wood likely used concrete blocks or bricks to smash the windows, police said. In some of the cases, the suspect allegedly pried open back doors. Wood stole cash and other valuables from the businesses, according to investigators.
Wood has been charged for the following burglaries:
|911 S. Memorial Dr.||Ernie's Famous Subs||Aug. 27|
|2201 Dickinson Ave.||Blessed Hands Car Wash||Aug. 26|
|1804 Dickinson Ave.||Sam's Lock and Key||Aug. 26|
|921 Dickinson Ave.||Bob's Barbershop||Aug. 26|
|309 Hooker Rd.||Hardy Auto Group||Aug. 26|
|504 W. 9th St.||Blue Ox Games||Aug. 25|
|1025 Dickinson Ave.||Dickinson Auto & Tire||Aug. 24|
|919 Dickinson Ave.||Nostalgia Newsstand||Aug. 24|
|2900 E 10th Street||Capital Automotive||Aug. 23|
|1005-A Hamilton St.||Tilly's Barbershop||Aug. 23|
|3195 E. 10th St.||Tortillera Yenith Store||Aug. 20|
|1305 E. 10th St.||Twist Hair Salon||Aug. 16|
|1901 Charles Blvd.||Super Cuts Hair Salon||Aug. 15|
|2907 E. 10th St.||Hwy. 55 restaurant||July 29|
|4054 S. Memorial Dr.||Mi Cabana||July 29|
|425 SE Greenville Blvd.||Cici's Pizza||July 29|
|500 SE Greenville Blvd.||Batteries Plus||July 29|
Wood allegedly broke into as many as three or four stores in one night on several occasions.
Wood was being jailed under a $145,000 bond. He has arrests dating back to 2004 for drug offenses, robbery, burglary and auto theft, according to police.