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Deputies: Suspect confesses to 5 break-ins



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An eastern Lincoln County man admitted to deputies on Tuesday he was involved in five attempted break-ins in the area between late November and early December, the Sheriff’s Office has said.

While investigating an attempted break-in at Westport Marina in Denver, deputies apprehended Joshua Alton Keziah, 19, after they said they spotted him walking near the business, according to a department press release.

A resident of the 7900 block of Water Oaks Drive also told deputies someone tried to break into his residence just before 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Deputies responded to the home in reference to an attempted break-in and interviewed the man, who told deputies he heard someone at his bedroom window and went to investigate the scene, according to the release. Before the suspect fled the property, the homeowner caught a glimpse of him and gave deputies a description.

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, Keziah is also accused of breaking into a home on the 7700 block of Clover Lane along with one home and truck each on his own street, stealing two televisions, liquor bottles and a pistol, which deputies said they later located in a nearby pile of leaves.

Keziah, of 7858 Blackwood Road in eastern Lincoln County, faces numerous charges including one misdemeanor count each of injury to real property and vandalism along with one felony count each of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and first-degree burglary.

Keziah remains behind bars under a $40,000 secured bond. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 20.

In July, a Mecklenburg County judge convicted him of felony larceny from person, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. He was additionally convicted of misdemeanor drug charges in the same county.

Detective Richard Calhoun and Patrol Deputy Ken Davis are credited with Keziah’s arrest. Additional charges may be filed in the case.

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