Durham man now facing 40+ charges in connection with car break-ins in Morrisville

Wake County News

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A Durham man arrested following a short police chase in Morrisville earlier in the month is now facing more than 40 charges in connection with the events leading up to his arrest, according to arrest warrants.

Leon Hayward, 28, was arrested Feb. 6 following a brief chase that occurred around 3 a.m. after Morrisville police became suspicious and then investigated the vehicle that he and a passenger were in.

Officers in Morrisville spent the early hours that morning taking reports from nearly two dozen vehicle owners whose cars were hit by burglars. Morrisville Police Chief Patrice Andrews said there are 23 known forced entries in just two neighborhoods, and none of those burglaries actually involved breaking into the vehicles.

All of the cars were unlocked.

Video from one victim’s home security system shows a man wearing a surgical mask walk up to a car and check the driver’s side handle. His gloved hand opens the door and he pokes around inside to retrieve any easily accessible items.

Hayward was originally charged with fleeing with a motor vehicle to elude arrest, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and resisting a public officer.

He is now facing 43 more charges – 22 break or enter a motor vehicle charges, 11 for injury to personal property, and 10 misdemeanor larceny charges.

Hayward was not the person featured in the security system video, police said.

His accomplice remains at large, but Andrews expressed confidence that he will soon be identified based on evidence found by investigators.

Hayward is being held without bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

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