High tech security camera leads to arrests for burglaries

Published 9:07 am Thursday, August 9, 2018

A high-tech security camera at a new Advance business led to the arrest of a China Grove man for breaking into businesses in several counties.

Demarcus Richard Smith, 25, faces multiple counts of breaking, entering and larceny.

Just after 4:30 a.m. on July 30, the Davie Sheriff’s Office received an alarm from ReMax on N.C. 801, 10 minutes later one from Piedmont Towing.

Checking with ReMax, officers learned a new security system sent images to the cloud, an internet storage device, and those images immediately went to law enforcement – including a detailed look of the suspect’s vehicle.

A Full Measure Catering, Tucker’s Place, Gene’s Auto and Smoots Tire & Auto were also broken into that morning.

Davie authorities sent the description to area law enforcement agencies, and a Davidson County deputy spotted the suspect on US 64 just across the Davie line. After a short chase, Smith was arrested.

He was in custody by 7 a.m.

Smith went on a ride with local investigators, pointing out businesses he thought he had broken into. He has a criminal record, including charges of a violent nature, said Davie Sheriff J.D. Hartman.

Since his arrest, he has been charged with breaking, entering and larceny in Mocksville and in Rowan County.

In relation to the traffic stop, Davidson charged him with resisting an officer, injury to property, speeding and aggressive driving.