Second Burglary This Month Reported At Granville Towers

The UNC Department of Public Safety needs your help in the investigation of a burglary at Granville Towers Tuesday.

Alert Carolina posted an informational message about the reported burglary in a room in Granville Towers West. The resident of the room told UNC DPS Wednesday that she noticed $450 in cash was taken from her wallet. Currently there is no suspect information available.

This is the second reported burglary in Granville Towers this month. On July 4, another female resident of Granville Towers East said she woke up to find her door open, her purse and wallet spread out on the floor, and her money missing.

Police released a photo of a man wanted in connection with that incident.

If you have any information regarding either incident, UNC DPS asks you to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to CrimeStoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. You can also leave tips for CrimeStoppers at

Burglary at Granville Towers

A report of a burglary at Granville Towers East this morning is under investigation by the UNC Police.

After a female resident fell asleep around 2 a.m. this morning, someone had reportedly broken into her room. When the resident woke up around 7 a.m. this morning, she found that her door was standing open, with her pocket book and wallet out in the hallway floor and all of her money missing.

Surveillance cameras spotted a black male in his late 20’s to early 30’s, medium build, and some facial hair entering the building a little before 7 a.m

This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information that would help the UNC Police investigation or anyone seeing suspicious activity should call 911 immediately or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.

WCHL will provide updates as they are released.

Police Charge Two With Hillsborough Restaurant Break-In

CHAPEL HILL- Hillsborough Police arrested two men on Tuesday and charged them with breaking into a local restaurant.

It was just after 4 a.m. when police responded to an alarm at Pueblo Viejo Mexican Family Restaurant located just off of Old N.C. 86. Upon arrival, officers spotted two men running from the building.

Cedric Maurice Dorsey of Durham was arrested immediately. Brian Joshua Baker of Hillsborough was taken into custody following a short chase. Both were charged with breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.

Cedric Maurice Dorsey

Cedric Maurice Dorsey


Brian Joshua Baker


Officers also linked Baker to a January break-in at the Hot Tin Roof bar on West Margaret Lane, and are looking into a string of other commercial burglaries dating back to December.

Anna-Maria’s Pizzeria, Boone Barber Shop and Kelsey’s Bistro have each been targeted recently by thieves. If you have information about any of these break-ins, contact Detective Scott Bilsky at 919-732-9381, ext 37. You can also submit a tip anonymously through the Town of Hillsborough’s website.

Durham Man Arrested in Armed Chapel Hill Burglary

Chapel Hill Police responded Wednesday to a report of a one-man home invasion on Cotton Street, just a little after midnight.

Police got the call at 12:36 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, the suspect, 21-year-old Maalik Antonio Burris of Durham, was running away. Police caught and arrested him.

Lt. Josh Mecimore of the Chapel Hill Police Department said it’s believed Burris may know at least one occupant of the residence.

“The officer said that at least one of the residents had met this person before,” said Mecimore. “So – not a complete stranger.”

Burris is charged with first degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and injury to personal property. Burris allegedly had a gun, and fired a single shot into a wall during a scuffle with the home’s occupants.

No one was injured by the gunshot, but Burris was transported to UNC Hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

“I think he sustained a laceration to the back of his head,” said Mecimore.

Mecimore said there were four people at the home when Burris allegedly broke in through a window.

“At least two reported that they were UNC students,” he added.

The lieutenant said there is no universal “right way” for victims to handle a crime situation like this, because every one is different.

But there is one obvious way to help prevent break-ins.

“The biggest recommendation I could make related to the incident is to lock your doors and windows,” said Mecimore, “because this person came in through either an unlocked or open window.”

The area where the break-in occurred has a mix of students and local residents. Mecimore noted that while no area in Chapel Hill is particularly prone to home invasions, UNC students are uniquely vulnerable.

“We do find that there are areas where there are mostly or have a high number of students that there are certain times of the year where we have more break-ins,” said Mecimore.

Usually, these crimes don’t occur while someone is at home. The vast majority occur during the day, while people are at work or at school.

Holiday breaks and fall breaks are times when that is most likely to happen, so students are advised to take valuables with them, particularly electronics, when they travel.

Five Arrested For Assault, Burglary on Umstead Drive

CHAPEL HILL – Five people were arrested on Tuesday for an attempted burglary into a home on Umstead Drive that resulted in an assault on two residents of the home.

According to Sergeant Josh Mecimore of the Chapel Hill Police Department, the two residents, one male and one female, were reportedly in their apartment when the five suspects forced their way in and attacked them Monday night.

“It looks like the female was hit with some type of metal rod and the male was hit with just personal weapons; fists,” Mecimore said.

Sgt. Mecimore says both sustained injuries, the female’s being more severe, but neither required hospitalization.

“EMS responded but did not transport either of the victims to the ER,” Mecimore said. “So they were treated on scene and stayed there.”

The five suspects, Bradley McDowell, Cathy McDowell, Antionette Satterwhite, Katherine Williams, and Whitney Williams were all arrested and released on a written promise to appear in court. They are facing charges of first degree burglary, a felony, and assault with a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor. Satterwhite is also charged with inflicting serious injury, another misdemeanor.