GARNER: Suspected break-in ends with canine take-down

kjahner@newsobserver.comJuly 8, 2014 

— A suspected break-in ended with three arrests following a police chase and a canine take-down, according to Garner police.

The man taken down by the dog, Howard Lee Covington, was treated for minor injuries. He had been released two weeks before the arrest after spending four months in jail for a prior break-in conviction.

A resident called and reported two males running across a neighbor’s lawn with electronics under their arms at Oakwater Drive near Hall Boulevard at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, according to police spokesman Sgt. Troy Young. Units in the area responded to the call, which described an older model red Toyota Camry.

As Officer Sonny Roberson attempted to stop a car matching the description heading east on Timber Drive toward Thompson Road, its driver sped away. The car stopped only after it ran into an embankment, police reports indicated.

The car’s driver, Covington, and one passenger fled the vehicle, police said. A Garner police officer unleashed his partner dog, who “apprehended Covington after a short foot pursuit,” according to police.

Further investigation found electronic devices stolen from the home on Oakwater Drive were in Covington’s vehicle, according to police.

Covington, 21, of Raleigh, was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony fleeing arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer and larceny after breaking and entering, according to county records and Garner police. His listed address is 6104-D Spice Ridge Lane.

Covington has been convicted of breaking and entering three times. He was released after a four-month prison stint about two weeks before being arrested again. His first pair of convicted break-ins occurred in 2009, right around his 17th birthday.

Melvin Eugene Ingram, 29, of 1826-F Gorman Street in Raleigh also fled initially, and was charged with felony breaking and entering, resisting a public officer and larceny after breaking and entering.

Miles Jamel Sanders, 25, of 103 Will Drive in Smithfield, was charged with larceny after breaking and entering, and felony breaking and entering.

No employer is listed for any of the suspects. Neither Ingram nor Sanders have been convicted of any prior crimes, according to the Department of Public Safety website.

Jahner: 919-829-4822; Twitter: @garnercleveland

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