Orange police, along with a Pinehurst officer, arrested a 19-year-old burglary suspect and recovered items stolen from Home Depot about 1:45 a.m. Thursday. Another suspect escaped.
Mikivion Devote Wallace of Orange was arrested and faces charges of burglary and evading arrest.
A caller told police dispatch two burglars were seen coming from the store, 603 Strickland Drive. The suspects were seen running behind the gas station-convenience store to the north of the Home Depot. The suspects were wearing white or light gray hoodies and one began running north.
Officers went behind the gas station and found three new weed-eaters and a leaf-blower still in the box. The Pinehurst officer saw one of the men running through a field on the other side of Strickland.
While chasing the man, an officer saw a man with a white shirt and gray sweatpants sitting in a ditch. The Pinehurst officer stopped to arrest the man as an officer from Orange continued to run onto Lexington Drive after the other man. The man jumped a fence on Concord Drive and the pursuing officer lost sight of him.
Other stolen items were found in a dumpster near the garden center of Home Depot. Police report the total of items recovered outside the store were valued at a total of $1,293.
-Margaret Toal, KOGT-