Deputies seek men in dozens of home break-ins

Feb. 18, 2013 @ 06:35 PM

Three men are wanted in dozens of home break-ins in Durham over the past several months that involved “tens of thousands” of dollars in jewelry and other property, investigators said Monday.

Much of the stolen property was found in a wooded area and a stolen utility trailer.

Investigators said an anonymous tip led to the identification of the men, all of whom have criminal histories.

Dal Gilchrist Davis, 38, of 512 Todd St in Durham, was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He posted a $2,500 bond and was released from the Durham County Jail Feb. 12. More charges have since been filed, however, and Davis is wanted on an outstanding charge of felony possession of a firearm by a felon.

Sheriff’s investigators are also looking for Cedric Earl Scarlette Jr., 20, of 302 Todd St., and Darrell Jermaine Hart, 30, of 528 Todd St. Both are wanted for possession of stolen goods, and more charges are possible.

Detectives say Scarlette, Hart and Davis are linked to more than a dozen home break-ins over the past several months throughout Durham County, including in Durham city limits.

The investigation received a break when an anonymous tip led investigators to a cache of stolen property hidden in a wooded area near the 500 block of Todd Street, they said. Investigators found a stolen utility trailer and other property that included mail and jewelry, helping to link the recovered property to several break-in victims.

As the investigation continued, another anonymous tip informed investigators that Scarlette, Hart and Davis were known to frequent the house at 512 Todd St and that stolen property was possibly being stored there.

Investigators executed a search warrant Feb. 11 at 512 Todd St. and recovered more than 600 items believed to have been stolen during home break-ins. Davis was arrested at the scene at the end of the search. The recovered property includes a large amount of jewelry, electronics, a .22-caliber pistol and more. The exact value of the all the recovered property has not been calculated, but investigators estimate it to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Hart’s criminal record dates to 2001, and includes convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, felony breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced to five years and five months in prison, and was released on probation in 2008, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.

Scarlette was convicted in Durham of common law robbery, and drew a sentence of one year and three months. He was released Jan. 24, 2012.

Davis was convicted in Durham in 2008 of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and got a suspended sentence and probation.