IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man investigators believe is responsible for multiple vehicle break-ins was arrested in Iredell County Sunday after a surveillance operation at a local event.
Marquez Antonio Wright was served 28 felony warrants from Iredell, Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties. He was also charged with nine felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, five felony counts of larceny of a firearm, one felony count of larceny, and three misdemeanor larcenies.
The investigation began on December 17, when deputies got reports of several vehicle break-ins at public parking areas along Hwy 150 west of Mooresville. A second rash of break-ins was then reported on Dec. 31 in the same area. Detectives quickly determined the same suspect was involved in both cases.
Deputies said that early on in the investigation Write was named as a possible suspect. However, he had no known address and attempts to locate him were unsuccessful.
That's when detectives decided to set up a surveillance operation at a local event they believed Wright may target in an attempt to catch him before any more crimes were committed.
On Sunday, law enforcement surveilled the area of the local boat accesses and parking lots off of Highway 150 near the Catawba County Line. During the operation, detectives say, Wright was seen driving around. They believed he was "casing the area looking for potential targets."
Wright was then arrested on the outstanding warrants and placed under a $333,500 bond.
Anyone with further information about the cases should call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.