A Caldwell County man will spend five to seven years in prison following his conviction for two counts of felony breaking and entering, one count of felony flee to elude arrest and admission of his habitual felon status.
Jamie Todd Miller, 38, of Granite Falls, was given the active prison term by the Honorable David A. Phillips, Superior Court Judge from Gaston County, following his guilty plea during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday, October 21, 2019.
Miller will serve his sentence in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
He had previous felony convictions for breaking and entering in Caldwell County (2002), breaking and entering in Burke County (2005), and breaking and entering a motor vehicle in Caldwell County (2012).
On November 18, 2017, Miller broke into a Granite Falls secured storage business and stole various tools, electronics and a generator. Investigators with Granite Falls Police Department tracked the defendant through Caldwell County and identified him via business surveillance footage and store receipts as Miller used a credit card stolen from one of the storage units.
A surveillance camera captured video footage of a distinctive SUV pulling into the parking lot of a Lenoir civic organization on January 13, 2018. It showed Miller exiting the vehicle and breaking into several vehicles by smashing a window on each. He took cell phones, coins and other items from the vehicles.
Officers from Lenoir Police Department located the vehicle at a restaurant that same day. The defendant fled in the vehicle and led officers on a chase through Lenoir. He ultimately abandoned the vehicle and ran away on foot. Officers located the SUV and found Miller’s wallet inside.
The cases were investigated by Sgt. Ferguson of Granite Falls Police Department, and Officers Nichols and Sanders of Lenoir Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted matters for the State.
CONTACT: Nathan Key