Man charged with vandalizing patrol cars

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Kaesean Deandre Pitt


Staff Writer

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Deputies have arrested a man in connection with the vandalizing of vehicles at the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office.

Kaesean Deandre Pitt, 26, of N.C. 97 in the Battleboro community, has been charged with 15 counts of injury to personal property, given a $100,000 bond and placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.

That's right where he wants to be, according to deputies.

“Pitt admitted to both incidents, stating that he wanted to be in jail,” said Lt. E.W. Muse Jr., a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division of the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office.

The two incidents referred to by Muse took place Sunday and Tuesday.

On Sunday, four vehicles were vandalized. The windshields of all four vehicles were damaged with a total estimated repair cost of $1,500. No one witnessed the vandalism while it occurred and the incident wasn't captured by security cameras.

More vandalism occurred on Tuesday. Deputies said that Pitt was caught in the act after damaging seven Sheriff’s Office vehicles and four personal vehicles belonging to detention officers. That day's damage is estimated at $6,700, Muse said.

As a result of the vandalism incidents, Sheriff Clee Atkinson reviewed security protocols at the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center. He identified security measures that need improvement, including upgrades to camera systems and securing parking areas.

“We hope to get these improvements in place soon to prevent future incidents of this type,” Atkinson said.

Pitt has an unrelated court date on a charge of injury to personal property in Nash County.