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Mount Airy man charged in more than a dozen home break-ins

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Seth Mitchell Lunsford (Mugshot provided by, Mount Airy Police)

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Police have arrested a Mount Airy man in connection with more than a dozen home break-ins across Stokes and Surry counties.

Police allege 23-year-old Seth Mitchell Lunsford is responsible for fourteen break-ins and an attempted break-in that began occurring in December in the neighborhoods surrounding Worth Street.

Lunsford was arrested on Jan. 31 when a resident called police to report a suspicious person near Newsome Street.  The suspect, who was later identified as Lunsford, ran away when officers arrived.

Police say Lunsford attempted to elude them by hiding inside another Worth Street home.  He ran outside after being confronted by the homeowner and was arrested moments later.

A portion of the recovered stolen goods. (Photo courtesy, Mount Airy Police)

A portion of the recovered stolen goods. (Photo courtesy, Mount Airy Police)

When officers searched Lunsford, police said they found a pry bar and numerous stolen items.  Officers then searched his apartment in the 500 block of Worth Street and found additional stolen goods, including dozens of pieces of jewelry and multiple guns.

Lunsford is charged with 13 counts of breaking and entering and larceny, three counts of larceny of a firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of burglary tools, one count of misdemeanor breaking and entering and one count of attempted breaking and entering.

He is currently being held under a $375,000 bond in the Surry County Jail.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.