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Investigation nets arrest

WINTON – A six-month investigation into a string of local break-ins and property damage has resulted in the arrest of a Winton man.

Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan confirmed that Donald Dean Cummings, 37, of 101 Jordan St. Winton was arrested and charged with several felony charges as well as misdemeanor charges stemming from a rash of burglaries and larcenies that occurred in March of this year.

According to Vaughan, Sgt. Will Liverman, a detective in the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office, made the arrest this weekend after an investigation into crimes that stretched across three separate areas last spring.

Earlier this year, drink machines at the Dollar General in Ahoskie, the Elk’s Shrine in Winton and the Butcher’s Block in Cofield were broken into and money was taken.

The investigation also included acts of burglary at Liverman’s Automotive in Union and Skills Inc. on Commercial Road in Ahoskie.

Both establishments had been burglarized on more than one occasion.

Cummings was charged with six counts of felony breaking and entering, six counts of larceny after breaking and entering, nine counts of breaking into a coin/currency machine, nine counts of damage to coin /currency machine and three counts of misdemeanor larceny.

Cummings was taken to the Hertford County Jail and placed under a $9,500 secured bond.

Cummings is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 3 (today).