Garner Police Department News Item

CORRECTION: Burglary Arrest  - Thursday, December 29, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lt. Chris Hagwood at 919-369-0892

CORRECTION: The date on the original release was incorrect.  The arrest occurred on 12/27/2011.

On 12/27/2011, Garner Police charged RONALD DIXON BRANCHE, 52, of Raleigh, with burglary and speeding to elude arrest.  The charges were filed after BRANCHE fled a traffic stop at approximately 3am on Old Stage Rd in Garner.

BRANCHE was observed by a Garner Police officer early on 12/27 on Waterville Street in Garner.  The officer attempted to stop him when he abruptly left the empty cul-de-sac suspiciously.  BRANCHE refused to stop, and the officer pursued him until he was apprehended on Holland Church Rd.

Once stopped, officers discovered a stolen cash register inside the vehicle.  The register has been traced to a burglary that had just occurred at SMITHFIELDS CHICKEN AND BARBECUE on Fayetteville Rd.  Based on surveillance video and other evidence, investigators have charged BRANCHE with the burglary of SMITHFIELDS CHICKEN.

Garner Police are sharing information with other agencies to determine if BRANCHE may have been involved in additional crimes before being arrested.  Wake County Sheriff's investigators have charged BRANCHE with a December 25th burglary at The Six Forks Grocery at 11716 SIX FORKS RD in Raleigh.

BRANCHE is currently being held in the Wake County jail on $45,000 bond.

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