Man charged with breaking into vehicles in Winston-Salem

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Jaime Hermino Mariche-Cortez

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department arrested a man Saturday after they say he broke into several cars.

Jaime Hermino Mariche-Cortez, 18, of 1360 N. Chestnut St., was charged with three counts of breaking and entering a vehicle, one count of possession of burglary tools, one count of possession of stolen goods and three counts of malicious injury to property.

Officers responded to 601 N. Chestnut St. just before 4 a.m. after receiving reports of a suspect walking away from a vehicle he had damaged.

Just a few minutes later, officers received information about a suspect looking into vehicles in the parking deck located at the corner of W. 5th St. and Research Parkway. There they found Mariche-Cortez, who matched the suspect description provided by the caller, walking out of the parking deck.

After further investigation, officers discovered that three cars had been broken into and one other vehicle had been defaced, along with two separate buildings.

Mariche-Cortez was placed in the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident or similar crimes is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800.

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