EC teen indicted for B&Es, arson

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Jesean Brown


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Sunday, March 18, 2018

An Elizabeth City teen remains in custody at Albemarle District Jail following his indictment by a Pasquotank grand jury on 38 counts of breaking into vehicles, one count of arson and multiple counts of stealing firearms.

Jesean Brown, 19, of the 300 block of East Burgess Street, is charged in connection with 51 vehicle break-ins reported between Nov. 19 and Dec. 9 of last year, according to court records.

Brown, who is being held at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $133,500 secured bond, was also indicted on a charge of second-degree arson for a house fire reported in the 300 block of West Cypress Street on Sept. 29. Under state law, second-degree arson is considered the maliciously burning of an unoccupied dwelling.

The grand jury also indicted Brown on charges of felony larceny of firearms.

Records show he’s charged with stealing a .45-caliber pistol on Oct. 27, a 357-magnum pistol and a rifle sometime between Nov. 10 and 11, and a 9-mm pistol on Nov. 11. Brown was also indicted for illegal possession of a firearm after the .45-caliber pistol was found in his possession. 

In addition to charging Brown with the vehicle break-ins, the grand jury also indictment him on a charge of misdemeanor larceny. That’s because Brown allegedly stole either items or money after breaking into the vehicles.

According to court records, Brown is accused of taking a backpack, shells for a firearm and rain gear worth $200 from one vehicle, and a knife worth $100 from another vehicle. On another occasion, he allegedly stole $400 in cash from one vehicle and $200 worth of gift cards from another.

The grand jury handed down the indictments against Brown on Feb. 26 and he was served with them on March 8.

Brown has been in custody since his arrest last December. Brown was arrested after Elizabeth City police received a report of two people trying to break into vehicles in the Cedar Street area early the morning of Dec. 14. At the time, both Brown and a juvenile were taken into custody.

Police said their ensuing probe revealed Brown was connected to a rash of vehicle break-ins, including in the West Broad Street, Edgewood Drive and Riverside Drive areas.

Brown’s court-appointed attorney, Lee Malco, declined to comment on the indictments when reached last week, noting that the case is ongoing.