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Pelham Man Charged After Overnight Vehicle Break-ins

September 25, 2018

PELHAM -- A nighttime prowler was captured after a string of vehicle break-ins during the overnight hours Saturday, police say.

James Freeman, 51, of Pelham, charged with receiving stolen property, is responsible for the break-ins of more than 10 vehicles, according to a Pelham Police Department press release. Pelham Police Cpl. Ron Page on Monday said the total number of reported vehicle break-ins was roughly 14.

Pelham police received their first call about the break-ins on Atwood Road around 7:25 a.m., police said. Throughout the morning hours, officers responded to more than 10 other homes in the area that experienced similar thefts.

Around 11:30 a.m., a suspect matching the description of the prowler was spotted wearing all black clothing in the area of Dutton Road. The man, determined to be Freeman, was found in possession of numerous items identified in the reported thefts, police said.

Freeman was taken into custody and was awaiting bail Saturday afternoon at the Pelham Police Department, police said.

Freeman was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon. Further details were not immediately available but a dispositional hearing in his case has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Nov. 21 at the Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

An investigation is ongoing, according to Page.

Amaris Castillo contributed to this report.

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