Escaped TC break-in suspect in custody
By DEUCE NIVEN
On the run since fleeing in handcuffs from the Tabor City Police Department last December, Mhalik Jhamal Graham is back behind bars, tracked down by US Marshals and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Monday night.
Graham, 21, was found inside a Covey Run apartment in Whiteville, a report by Sheriff’s Det. Victor Jacobs said. Graham’s last known address is on Franklin Street in Whiteville.
Graham had eluded law enforcement three times since last November, reports show, his run ending Monday night.
Graham was charged with 15 counts of breaking and entering; five counts each of larceny after breaking and entering, resisting law enforcement and damage to property; three counts of larceny of a firearm and probation violations; and single counts of assault resulting in injury, possession of a firearm by felon, larceny, driving with a revoked license, failure to stop for blue light and siren, running a red light, and marijuana possession.
Graham was jailed at the Columbus County Detention Center, his bonds totaling $305,500 secured.
Breaking and entering charges are related to a series of break-ins last year in Whiteville and Tabor City. In many of those instances, in both municipalities, the electric meter was removed from the building, apparently to disable alarms.
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