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Suspect charged in Christmas smash-and-grab thefts

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RALEIGH ­— Deputies charged one person last week in connection to a trio of eastern Wake County burglaries in which suspects smashed a stolen SUV into stores to gain entry Christmas morning.

Kadarly McLeod is being charged with breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault on a government official, attempted common law robbery and attempted breaking and entering.

One other suspect has not been identified, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said.

The first incident happened just before 4 a.m. at the On The Way Gas and Grocery store, 2501 Old Milburnie Road, about 2 miles northwest of Knightdale. Then after 5 a.m., deputies responded to the Handy Hugo store at 6927 Buffaloe Road in eastern Raleigh for a similar incident, the release said. That store is less than 2 miles from the first store.

The third break-in happened shortly after at BJ’s Grocery Store, 3317 Rolesville Road near Wendell, deputies said.

The sheriff’s office said the suspects were seen on camera at one of the locations using a gray Chevrolet Suburban which had been stolen from Torchlight Academy Charter School in Raleigh. That vehicle was found abandoned that afternoon near North New Hope and Louisburg roads.

Investigators believe the incidents were similar to a Dec. 9 burglary at a convenience store at the corner of Fowler and Mitchell Mill roads that is still under investigation.

McLeod was held under a $150,000 secured bond.