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Pitts put back in prison after Berlin break-in

(Feb. 26, 2015) Terrill Pitts, 45, is back in jail after police picked up the Salisbury resident last Wednesday evening for allegedly breaking into several cars in Berlin.
Berlin Police responded to a call at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 near the 300 block of Ann Drive. According to a press release, the complainants saw Pitts enter an unlocked car on the property and apparently scared him off using a remote key lock.
Pitts was later arrested near the 300 block of Powell Circle and charged with six counts of rogue and vagabond and four counts of fourth-degree burglary. Police said Pitts’ path through Berlin also included Main Street, Broad Street, West Street and the Henry’s Mill subdivision.
Law enforcement used footprints in the snow to “back-track” Pitts’ activity throughout the area, finding at least four additional properties where the suspect attempted to break into vehicles.
Pitts was found in possession of several items police said “appeared as if they may have been taken from at least one vehicle” that officers were unable to locate due to poor weather conditions.
None of the victims reported witnessing the thefts.
Pitts was taken to the Berlin Police Department for processing and taken to the District Court Commissioner’s Office where he was ordered held on $20,000 bond.
Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing has had a prior encounter with Pitts, having arrested him for stealing a purse from a parked vehicle in 2010.
Downing said Pitt’s motivation for the Feb. 18 incident was likely “all about money.”
Pitts’ sheet includes forgery, credit card fraud, identity theft, second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, driving an uninsured vehicle, trespassing, affray and disorderly conduct.
Jay McCleary, records clerk at the Worcester County Jail in Snow Hill, said Pitts has been a regular visitor at the facility.
“Our records indicate he was here six times since 2010, but two of them were just when he came here and bonded out,” McCleary said.
Pitts’ longest stay during that span came in 2012, when he served 18 months of a three-year sentence for rogue and vagabond. Pitts was released on July 30, 2013.
Following the arrest, police reminded residents to keep all vehicles locked. If you suspect a vehicle was tampered with on Feb. 18, contact local law enforcement.
“The big thing is he had some other property on him,” Downing said. “We just want to make sure everybody checks their vehicles to see if anything is missing if they left them unlocked.”
Downing said all the vehicles involved in the incident appeared to be unlocked.
“We think we might have all the victims [but] we just want everybody to go ahead and know the streets he traveled, and if he traveled those streets and there was an open car he might have tried to find anything he could take,” Downing said.