HILLSBOROUGH, NC (WNCN) — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported they were arrested in a series of grocery store burglaries on Friday.
OCSO said Richard Carlton Neverson, 62, has been linked to burglary and entry into multiple convenience stores and subsequent theft of Newport cigarettes. Law enforcement officials from four other agencies also plan to press charges against Neverson for similar thefts, the OCSO said.
The sheriff’s office said the first incident in Orange County occurred on Dec. 5, 2021. Neverson is charged with breaking a supermarket’s glass door with a rock and entering the store with a garbage bag. Investigators said Neverson then stole Newport cigarettes.
The OCSO said Neverson did the same thing at two other Orange County stores and similar businesses in Person County, Durham County, Cary and Morrisville in the past four months.
Investigators said the suspect was usually wearing a mask or spat. Video footage from the stores showed a Jeep Liberty or similar vehicle leaving the area after the thefts, OCSO said.
Investigator Kevin Stewart coordinated with investigators from the other agencies and used the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to identify Neverson as a suspect. Stewart also used another tool, LInX Carolinas. It is an information sharing network that helps investigators analyze and share information.
The OCSO said Stewart was given a strong lead in the case when Neverson broke into a store in Cary without a mask. Security footage matched known photos of Neverson.
Neverson was held in custody at the Orange County Detention Center on $66,000 bail. His 25 charges currently include multiple counts of burglary and burglary, theft after burglary and assault.
If anyone has information about other crimes Neverson may be involved in, they are asked to contact Stewart at (919) 245-2925.
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