Durham County

Captured Durham suspect allegedly burglarized five homes in Orange and Durham counties on June 2

Montre Jarontay Cates
Montre Jarontay Cates Durham County Sheriff’s Office

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday released details surrounding crimes allegedly committed by 17-year-old Montre Jarontay Cates of Durham.

Cates was captured Thursday afternoon by a U.S. Marshals Task Force in Durham a day after failing to appear in court.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Cates was wanted on charges of burglarizing four homes in Orange County and one in Durham County on Friday, June 2.

Investigators from Orange and Durham counties, working jointly, identified Cates as the suspect in the case.

Cates refused to surrender to law enforcement, failed to appear at Wednesday’s scheduled court hearing and on Thursday was captured after a short chase on foot in Durham, Orange County authorities said.

Cates was then taken before a magistrate and was being held Thursday in the Orange County jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office said earlier Thursday that Cates faces criminal charges in connection with multiple breaking and entering incidents and larceny of firearms in Durham and Orange counties.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 919-245-2900 or Investigator Goodwin at 919-245-2918.

Residents can also submit anonymous crime tips at crimetip@durhamsheriff.org or Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

CrimeStoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest in felony cases only.