Police charge 'Byrd Avenue Burglar' after 7-month search
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:00 AM
A rash of burglaries in Philadelphia has ended with the capture of the man police have labeled the alleged "Byrd Avenue Burglar."
"We have captured the (alleged) Byrd Avenue Burglar," Police Chief Bill Cox excitedly announced.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, police are looking for two juveniles in connection with two related burglaries of vehicles parked at houses on Holland Avenue and nearby Brantley Street last Thursday evening.
Deemed the "Byrd Avenue Burglar," Eddie Locklear, 21, 262 Byrd Ave., was arrested by police at 11:39 a.m. Friday following a foot pursuit with officers off King Avenue, Cox said.
"The suspect was in hiding," he said.
Locklear is charged with a string of burglaries in Robin Hood Circle and Poplar and Byrd avenues, stemming back to July.
Televisions and laptops were among items taken in the multiple house and auto burglaries.
"He was after high-end electronics," Cox said. "We are working to recover the stolen items but they are not at any of the pawn shops in the area."
Cox expressed his belief that the items were "privately fenced."
Fencing is when a person buys a knowingly stolen item to sell at a later date.
He noted that the person or persons Locklear allegedly sold the items to could face charges ranging from receiving stolen items to accessory to burglary.
"It was an extensive operation," Cox said, noting the first burglary was in early July.
After his arrest, police discovered that Locklear had only been in Philadelphia for a year and that he was wanted in North Carolina on a parole violation.
"We've spent a great deal of time and manpower on this case," Cox said. "It was a high priority."
He described Locklear as a "career" criminal.
"It [the burglaries] seems to be a habit," he said.
Cox noted that while his officers have been on the case for seven months, Locklear's name had only been known for a week and a half.
"Good detective work gave that to us," he said.
Locklear could be extradited back to North Carolina at some point to face an additional charge.
In the unrelated case, police are looking for two juveniles in connection with the theft of a purse last Wednesday from a vehicle parked on at a residence on Holland Avenue and a laptop and backpack from another at a residence on Brantley Street.
Jasper Sullivan, 26, 1306 Kosciusko Road, has been charged in connection with those burglaries.
Cox said both vehicles were unlocked at the time of the burglaries.
He warned all residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and keep doors locked at all times.
"It's the reality of the times we live in," he said.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity in their neighborhood should call the police department at 601-656-2131.