Posted by Zack Smith - email
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Most home break-ins are like dandelions -- they just pop up here and there. But when police see a string of business break-ins, they're pretty sure it's just one person committing all the crimes.
That's why they think Eric Bernard Salley is responsible for at least five church break-ins and eight business break-ins, not to mention, he keeps leaving his DNA behind.
Police say Salley is a career criminal. Two years ago, police say he hit nine businesses in just three weeks.
He's been busted, and he's been jailed. But it wasn't until after Salley was released that DNA tied him to more crime scenes -- churches. That sent up a red flag to the cops. They knew who they were after.
Police say Salley's history would qualify him as an habitual offender in North Carolina, which carries extended prison time.