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County residents charged in NC burglaries

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

KING, N.C. — North Carolina authorities say two Pulaski County residents face multiple felony charges after an investigation allegedly linked them to an estimated 1,000 vehicle break-ins in that state and Virginia.

Darrien Craig-Maurice Palmer, 26, of 6722 Oxford Ave., Fairlawn, and Margarita Lised Aguilar-Salamanca, 24, of 45 Fifth St. NE, Pulaski, were arrested in the early morning hours Sept. 30, according to King Police Chief Paula May. Each is charged with felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and felony larceny from a motor vehicle, but May says additional charges are forthcoming.

Palmer continues to be held at Forsyth County Jail in lieu of $10,000 secured bond. The same bond was set for Aguilar-Salamanca. She is no longer listed among inmates at the jail.

May alleges the two suspects were arrested as they were in the process of burglarizing vehicles in a housing development in King. Police responded to a report of suspicious activity in the development and found Palmer and Aguilar-Salamanca.

Police allege Aguilar-Salamanca would park the black Mazda she was driving on the street, with the lights off, while Palmer went house to house removing items from unlocked vehicles. As he collected items, police say, Palmer would signal Aguilar-Salamanca to move the Mazda closer to his location so he could unload stolen items into the Mazda.

At the time of their arrest, May says, the two had stolen items from vehicles at about 10 residences. Some of the items allegedly were recovered from the suspect vehicle.

Police say items stolen included cash, ammunition, cell phones, credit cards, keys and key fobs.

May alleges the investigation determined Palmer and Aguilar-Salamanca have ties to criminal street gangs. She says it is believed the stolen goods are turned over to the gangs.

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