A Wilson man is behind bars at the Nash County Detention Center after Rocky Mount police arrested him after he recently broke into a tobacco business at Wellongate Center off Sunset Avenue and unsuccessfully tried to flee from officers.

Trabis Alton, 41, was eventually apprehended after police received an alarm call at 3:50 a.m. on Oct. 9 at La Smoken, police spokesman Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in a news release.

Jackson said police roughly 45 minutes earlier received a be-on-the-lookout alert from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office about a white GMC work van with sprayed-on graffiti in connection with multiple burglaries of businesses in the sheriff’s office’s jurisdiction.

When officers arrived at La Smoken they saw the described vehicle in front of the business and saw a man leaving the business through a broken window, Jackson said.

Alton, after seeing the officers, ran and the sheriff’s office assisted by telling police the vehicle was stolen and setting up a perimeter as police K-9 officers conducted a search, Jackson said.

Officers located Alston in the 3500 block of Brookview Drive in the Greenfield area and took him into custody, Jackson said.

Alston is charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon, specifically a 9mm handgun, Nash County District Court records said.

More specifically, the records said Alston stole cigarettes, tattoo ink and a tattoo gun, all valued at $2,815, from La Smoken.

The records also said Alston is charged by police with two counts of misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

Alston resisted Senior Officer B.D. Sanderson by running away as Sanderson was attempting to make the arrest. He resisted Officer Bobby Hedgepeth Jr. by uncuffing himself from a hospital bed and trying to flee as Hedgepeth tried to render aid to Alston after Alston had complained of having been injured, the records said.


Alston was turned over to the custody of the county detention center on $30,500 secured bond, Jackson said.

Additionally, the Nash County District Court records said Alston is facing a list of theft-related charges by the sheriff’s office.

The records said Alston is accused of breaking and entering and stealing cartons of cigarettes, male enhancement pills and coins, with the property valued at about $600, from a store whose building is owned by Norman Batchelor and located at the junction of N.C. 97 and South Halifax Road.

That incident occurred on Oct. 8, the records said.

The records also said Alston is accused of throwing a block through the glass front door of the Dollar General discount store in Dortches and of trying to break into the Griffin’s convenience store in Red Oak.

Both incidents occurred on Oct. 9, the records said.

Alston had listed an address in the 400 block of Academy Street in Wilson, the records said.

State Public Safety records said Alston has a list of convictions in Wilson County from 2013 to 1997.

The records said Alston over the years has been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, selling illegal drugs, possession with intent to sell illegal drugs and maintaining a place for the purposes of illegal drugs.

The records also said Alston over the years has been convicted of larceny, possessing stolen goods, receiving a stolen vehicle and resisting an officer.