Crime & Courts

Union deputy tracks down break-in suspect

Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey says some old-fashioned door-to-door investigation by a deputy led to the arrest of a suspect this week in a residential break-in.

Douglas Michael Bercini, 18, of Indian Trail was arrested Wednesday and charged with breaking and entering and larceny, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A resident in the 300 block of Enchanted Drive in Indian Trail reported a burglary Wednesday and said about $5,000 worth of jewelry, video games and cash was missing.

Deputy Emily Tetlow began going door to door, asking residents whether they had seen any suspicious activity, investigators said. Two residents told Tetlow they had seen someone walking in the neighborhood, and one of the witnesses provided Tetlow with a name and a description of the car he drives.

Tetlow said she went to Bercini’s house and spoke with a parent. While there, Tetlow said, she saw a yellow Volkswagen – the kind of car Douglas Bercini drives – pass by the house.

Investigators said Tetlow left the house and saw Bercini walking back and forth from his car to an area behind another house in the neighborhood. When Bercini began to drive away, authorities said, Tetlow stopped the suspect’s car. Lt. Chase Coble of the Sheriff’s Office then arrived, and the two officers went to the area where Tetlow had seen Bercini walking.

According to investigators, Tetlow and Coble found a number of items that had been reported stolen from the house on Enchanted Trail.

“That was just good old-fashioned police work, going door to door,” Cathey said. “While all the latest and greatest technology can be very beneficial in solving crimes, we still teach and encourage our officers to get out and talk to people.”