Police said they interviewed and charged the suspect accused of breaking into numerous Asheville businesses in connection with some of the burglaries.
Asheville Police said they located Julian Rector, 24, of Marshall, NC, on Wednesday and following an interview charged him with the break-ins at the Charlotte Street Citgo, Wonderland and Green Sage.
For the Green Sage incident, Rector was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and larceny from a building. According to the incident report, Rector attempted to steal a tip jar from the business and pulled a knife on an employee that chase him.
For the Wonderland incident, Rector was charged with damage to real property, and for the Citgo incident, Rector was charged with felony larceny, felony breaking or entering and damage to personal property.
Police said additional charges on Rector are pending DNA evidence results. He is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Center on a $17,500 secure bond.
On Jan. 31, officers released Rector's photo in an attempt to locate him as a person of interest in 14 break-ins. On Jan. 20, police released surveillance photos of the earlier break-ins.
Police said the burglar threw a brick or rock through a front window and then went in after the cash register, tip jar or anything that contained money.
The list of businesses hit by the rock-throwing suspect, according to officers, was the Charlotte Street Citgo, Wall Street Coffee House, Instant Karma, The Costume Shop, Wonderland, Octopus Garden, Metro Chinese, House of Fabrics, Chocolate Lounge, Laurey's Catering, White Duck Taco Shop, Green Man Brewery, Reader's Corner and Green Sage in the Asheville area.
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