Man charged in 6 B&Es in city


Rocky Daryl Whitehurst


From staff reports

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Elizabeth City police have arrested and charged a local man in connection with six recent break-ins at local businesses and homes.

Rocky Daryl Whitehurst Jr., 31, whose last known address was the 1200 block of Highland Ave., Elizabeth City, was arrested Monday and initially charged with the break-in of the Wash House at 1010 W. Elizabeth Street, Sgt. James Judge said.

A subsequent investigation, however, led police to charge Whitehurst in five other recent break-ins, Judge said. 

The first was reported Aug. 1 at a private residence in the 200 block of West Burgess Street, Judge said. The house was broken into and several personal items were stolen.

The second break-in happened at the Gateway Twin Cinemas at 1419 W. Ehringhaus Street and was reported Aug. 8. According to Judge, several items were stolen from the business during the incident.

A work van owned by Mildred’s Florist Shop at 710 W. Ehringhaus Street was also broke into on Aug. 8, Judge said.

The Sandwich Market at 410 Selden Street was broken into Aug. 14, and again items were stolen from the business, Judge said.

The last break-in Whitehurst is charged in happened at the Best Family Thrift Store at 905 W. Ehringhaus Street. It involved the theft of several items and was reported Aug. 20, Judge said. 

According to Judge, Whitehurst is charged with five counts of felony breaking and entering; three counts of felony larceny; three counts of felony possession of stolen goods; one count of misdemeanor breaking and entering; and one count of injury to real property.

Whitehurst is being detained at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of an $87,000 secured bond. Judge did not say when Whitehurst is due for his first appearance in court.