Becky King and Jennifer Gutierrez linked to string of break-ins
The Thomasville Police Department is looking for one of two women in connection to a string of robberies involving three cities.
According to Detective Chet Jarrell, the Criminal Investigations Unit in November received information from an anonymous source indicating two Chair City women were responsible for more than half a dozen break-ins throughout the area. Jarrell said several break-ins, predominantly rear-door entries, were reported in the north side of Thomasville where items such as TVs, video game equipment and jewelry were stolen.
"We received information that Becky King and Jennifer Gutierrez were involved in multiple breaking and enterings in Thomasville, High Point, and anywhere and everywhere," Jarrell said. "Once this hits the air, we're anticipating more people may come forward. The break-ins were very sporadic and not really targeting one particular neighborhood. There was no real rhyme or reason. It was one here, one there, and no real pattern."
Following a month-long joint investigation with the High Point and Lexington police departments, TPD detectives charged Becky King, 31, of 109 White St. Apt. D, with seven counts of felony breaking and entering, six counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny and one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. High Point and Lexington police also charged King with one count of breaking and entering. She was arrested by the Davidson County Sheriff's Office and issued a $15,000 secured bond.
"After a long investigation, we were able to draw charges for seven residential houses being broken into," said Jarrell. "There may be more charges but we're not sure right now. Hopefully some people will come forward and help me locate and return some of the stolen property to the homeowners."
Detectives have yet to locate Jennifer Gutierrez, 28, of 713 Douglas Drive, who is charged with seven counts of felony breaking and entering, six counts of larceny after breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny and one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. She also is being charged with one count of breaking and entering from both the HIgh Point and Lexington police departments.
"[Gutierrez] has papers on her now," Jarrell said. "I don't think she's actively on the run, but she has not been served with her papers. They both have a little bit of a criminal history but they're definitely not some of the worst we've seen."
Jarrell said the initial break-in investigation began in August.
"That's the timeframe we feel comfortable with making charges on them," said Jarrell. "As of right now, I don't have reason to believe they did six or seven in July. I don't have any evidence to believe that so far. What I have is all I have evidence for. If there is some other ones we don't know about, they probably weren't reported."
King is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 19.
Anyone with information regarding Gutierrez or the break-ins is asked is call TPD at 475-4293 or Crime Stoppers of Thomasville at 476-8477.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.