Law enforcement in eastern North Carolina arrested three people accused of breaking into more than 50 homes across North Carolina to steal kitchen appliances, officials said.
Thomas Glenn Wiggs, 44, Kimberly Dale Adams, 49, and Wesley Adam Narron, 26, are accused of breaking into homes in Nash, Pitt, Craven, Cumberland, Franklin, Johnston, Jones, Onslow, Wake and Wayne counties, officials said.
“For over two months, they took things from appliances to that was put on the web to show or sell a home,” said Nash County Sherriff Keith Stone.
Investigators said the suspects used real estate websites to find homes for sale. They targeted places where the homeowners had already moved out, taking stainless steel stoves among other appliances.
Franklin County Sheriff Kent Winstead said this is the new norm.
“Websites are where its at. Technology is where its at. Be careful what you put out there,” Winstead said.
The investigation originated in Nash County but soon police departments all across the area were drawn in as they reported similar thefts in homes for sale.
Investigators saod their big break came when Wake County lifted a palm print which they said belonged to Wiggs.
He and Adams were convicted of 20 similar burglaries back in 2015.
Wiggs, Adams and Narron have been charged with conspiracy, breaking and entering, and larceny, among other charges officials said.
CBS 17 will update this story as it develops.
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