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Stolen cell phone leads to arrests in recent Burlington vehicle break-ins

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Coty Lee Eastwood, Kristin Michelle Sykes.

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A stolen cell phone led deputies to the arrest of two people in a series of vehicle break-ins in the Burlington area.

In recent weeks, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office received numerous reports of vehicle break-ins. Many had occurred in the area of Birch Bridge Road, Indian Valley and Durham Street Extension.

Burlington Times-News reported that several more break-ins were reported Wednesday in the same area. Among the property stolen was a cell phone.

Deputies  used advanced technology to track the phone to the 342 Spence Street in Burlington.

After an investigation, the stolen cell phone was found and investigators found evidence linking a suspect and his girlfriend to auto breaking and entering incidents dating back to February.

Coty Lee Eastwood, 20, of Spence Street, has been charged with one count each of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. He was also served with an outstanding warrant from Burlington police for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Kristin Michelle Sykes, 24, of Ossipee Road, Gibsonville, was charged with one count of accessory after the fact.

A substantial amount of additional suspect property was also found in their possession, deputies say.

Additional charges may be pending.

During the service of the search warrant, another individual on scene was arrested.

Rudy Ramirez Pacheco, 23, of North Church Street, Burlington, was charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A total of 228.5 grams of marijuana was recovered.

The investigation is ongoing.

Source: Burlington Times-News


  • D

    “Deputies used advanced technology to track the phone to the 342 Spence Street in Burlington.”

    uhhhh, so you mean Locate My iPhone?

    • Ken

      First off, it doesn’t say that it was an iPhone and even if it was, it has to have an active WiFi signal in order to be tracked by “Find my iPhone”. Second, an active cell signal can always be tracked with the right equipment. It’s not rocket science.

      • FaithC

        Don’t all phones have GPS and if it is on you can track it. That’s what I figured they did.

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