DEPUTIES: Break-In Suspect Nabbed By Homeowner

Authorities say a homeowner caught a burglar in the act and kept him there until deputies could arrive to make the arrest.

Wayne County deputies have charged Lorenzo Martinez, Jr. with three counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

Deputies say they were called Friday morning to a home burglar alarm on Piney Grove Church Road. When they got there they found the homeowner who had already detained the suspect.

The 19-year-old had numerous items with him that deputies say were stolen from another home in the area. Later they were able to connect the man to at least three more break-ins in the area where $7650 worth of electronic equipment, cameras, cash and computers were taken.

Deputies say in one case, Martinez tried to break into the same home twice in the same week.

His bond was set at $20,000.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2009 at 12:04 AM
    Its not about what you did, but how you describe what happened...and they're prob going to take my word over the criminal ...I agree stick a knife in his hand after the fact... and if you shoot em in the back roll em over and put some rounds in the front
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    Can Anybody but me say HERE ILLIGALLY!Data Man what do you think put 10 data men with the same cal. against 10 Martinezes.Anybody want to vote on who would win?NOT INPUT!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Oct 16, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    @Anonymous ......... If you had of done as you say you would be in jail now. NC law only allows the use of deadly force if you are in fear for your life. So shooting to wound someone is a surefire way to get yourself 3 hots and a cot along side the criminals. Hopefully getting to stare down the barrel of a gun will mean that after he gets out of jail(we can hope he gets jail time and not probation)he will think twice before doing this again.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Oct 16, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    To bad he didn,t have a knife on him,the homeowner should have shot him and put a knife in his hand. One less thug on the street.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    too bad he didn't shoot him...I would have...at least in the leg a couple times to cause some pain
  • by Data Man on Oct 16, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    Great, he should get 25 years and supervised clean up of the streets in NC.
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