Thursday, March 10, 2011

Three Winston-Salem men arrested in Pinnacle break-ins

Three Winston-Salem men arrested in Pinnacle break-ins
by Leslie Bray, News Editor
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Jose Luis Garcia

Three Hispanic men from Winston-Salem have been arrested and charged with multiple breaking and entering and larceny charges. The suspects are: Jose Luis Garcia Jr., 18, of 1309 Bretton Street; Jonathan Villalva Garcia, 16, of 1309 Bretton Street, Winston-Salem; and Edgar Santiago Jimenez, 18, of 5415 Helen Avenue.

The arrests were made on Thursday, Feb. 17, when Stokes County Sheriff’s Office personnel were responding to a call of a possible breaking and entering incident at a home off Bradley Road in Pinnacle. The suspects were reportedly traveling in a Dodge Durango.

As Officer Dennis Brown was on his way to the scene of the crime, he spotted a Dodge Durango that fit the description of the vehicle suspected of being used to transport the suspects in the breaking and entering. It was parked at a residence just off Old Highway 52.

Officer Brown immediately turned his patrol car around to go back to the Old Highway 52 location. As he approached the site, he saw two subjects coming from behind a residence. The men got into the Durango and pulled out of the driveway.

Officer Brown followed them and indicated that they needed to pull over. The suspects stopped the Durango near the intersection of Old Highway 52 and Dalton Loop Road. As the officer approached the vehicle, he found that instead of just two, there were three males inside.

Several other officers, including investigators from the Stokes County Sheriff's Office, responded to help Officer Brown. By the time they arrived, it had been determined that the reported breaking and entering was not the only one in the area. It turned out that several nearby residences had been broken into.

As the officers began to investigate the three suspects, they found sufficient probable cause information to take all three men into custody. The charges involved many counts of breaking and entering and larceny.

The men were taken to the Stokes County Jail. Additional investigation is ongoing at this time.

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