Your community matters

Neighbor reports man looking into parked cars, leads to break-in arrest

"The Wake Forest Police Department relies on the Town’s citizens to be its eyes and ears"

Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.


WAKE FOREST — Police are thanking a resident who reported seeing a suspicious man peeking into parked cars for helping nab a break-in suspect.

The neighbor reported seeing the man around North Main Street just before 11 a.m. Sunday, a press release from the Wake Forest Police Department said.

"The Wake Forest Police Department relies on the Town's citizens to be its eyes and ears," the release said.

Officers responding to the scene noticed a man pulling on door handles of parked vehicles along the 100 block of North Wingate Street.

That man, Justin Verderber, 39, was charged with misdemeanor tampering with a motor vehicle.

Police later found he was carrying items reported stolen and connected him to earlier vehicle break-ins along Rock Spring Road, East Cedar Avenue and North Wingate Street, the release said. 

He was additionally charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, three counts of misdemeanor larceny and counts of possession of stolen property and tampering with a motor vehicle.

He was given a $12,500 bond at the Wake County Detention Center.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity can call 911 or the police department at 919-556-9111.