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Footage catches auto break-in suspect on film trying to disable security camera


A suspect in a recent series of automobile break-ins apparently did the police a favor when he tried to disable a home security camera along Fountain Place in the midst of the crime spree.

According to Burlington’s police department, Joshua David Stone was arrested on Monday thanks to tips that residents shared after the department released an image of the suspect’s ill-conceived attempt to disarm the security camera.

The department had circulated this image on Sunday following a string of automobile break-ins that took place along the 500 block of Fountain Place in the small hours on Saturday. The high quality security photo depicts a white male clad in a black coronavirus mask as he reaches up toward the camera, which is mounted above a low wooden gateway or fence.

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Despite wearing a face mask, the culprit in the photo was apparently identifiable enough to the tipsters who contacted the department after it released the image. According to the police department, Stone was identified “with the help of various members of the community” and taken into custody on Monday morning.

A 23-year-old white male from Gibsonville, Stone has so far been charged with three counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles and two attempts of the same. He also faces two counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count, apiece, of financial card theft and injury to personal property.

Stone has been placed under a $5,000 bond since his arrest.

All details on suspect, his charge, mug shot and security footage are based on information released by the Burlington Police Department.


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