Pitt County Burglary Suspect Arrested

A burglary suspect has been arrested after the Pitt County Sheriff's Office says he tried to break into his girlfriend's home in Falkland.

It all happened early this morning when 27-year-old Thomas Merchant Junior of Tarboro reportedly broke a window at the home while his girlfriend and mother were inside.

Lawmen say Merchant took off on a motorcycle and crashed it. He called his girlfriend to say he was bleeding to death.

A K-9 unit and helicopters were involved in the search for him. He was located around 10:30 this morning and arrested.

Merchant is charged with attempted first degree burglary and second degree trespass.

Bond for Merchant was set at $25,000.

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