Marquez Antonio Wright
Suspect held on $333K bond in connection with vehicle break-ins
FROM STAFF REPORTS
A Charlotte man faces 28 felony charges in connection with a string of vehicle break-ins in Iredell, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties following a surveillance operation by Iredell County sheriff's deputies.
ICSO began investigating on Dec. 17 after receivng reports of several vehicle break-ins at public parking areas along Highway 150 west of Mooresville, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release. Additional vehicle break-ins were reported on Dec. 31 in the same area.
Criminal detectives determined there was a pattern to the crimes based on witness interviews and other evidence, Campbell said.
Evidence in the case led ICSO detectives to obtain warrants for the arrest of Marquez Antonio Wright, 30, on a singled charge of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle early on, but he was suspected of others, according to the news release.
During these thefts, the suspect would usually break a window of the vehicle and go through it, taking anything of value. In several instances, firearms and cash were stolen, the sheriff said.
Efforrts to locate Wright were unsuccessful because he had no known address, Campbell added.
In a proactive attempt, detectives organized a surveillance operation to catch the suspect before he could commit other crimes.
Believing that the suspect would likely strike again at a public event planned for Jan. 7, detectives with the ICSO Criminal Investigations Division, deputies with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team and undercover narcotics detectives conducted a surveillance operation in the area of local boat accesses and parking lots off of Highway 150 near the Catawba County Line.
During this surveillance operation, Wright was seen by detectives riding through an access area. He was kept under surveillance and was seen leaving one location and driving to another.
It appeared to the surveillance team Wright was casing the area looking for potential targets, Campbell said.
After seeing his behavior and identifying him as the suspect in the earlier case, deputies an detectives moved in and arrested Wright before he could commit any new crimes, he added.
Wright was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he was served with 28 felony warrants from Iredell, Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties. Wright’s vehicle was seized and is being processed for evidence, which detectives said could link him to even more crimes in Iredell and surrounding counties.
In addition to the outstanding charges from the other counties, Wright was served with the following charges by the ICSO: nine felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, five felony counts of larceny of firearm, one count of felony larceny and three misdemeanor larcenies. These charges stem from the incidents which occurred on Dec. 17 and Dec. 31 2.
Wright was jailed in lieu of a $333,500.00 secured bond.
This investigation is still on going and additional charges are expected in connection with other vehicle breaking and entering cases which occurred in the area, Campbell said.
Wright's criminal history includes arrests on charges of obtaining property by false pretense, felony breaking and entering and drug offenses, according to the news release.