Arrest made after undercover surveillance on car break-ins near Mooresville

An Iredell County man has been arrested after deputies said he broke into multiple vehicles, stealing items on more than one occasion. 

Marquez Antonio Wright has been served 28 felony warrants from Iredell, Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties. He is charged with nine felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, five felony counts of larceny of firearm, one count of felony larceny and three misdemeanor larcenies out of Iredell County. 

These charges stem from two incidents which occurred on December 17 and December 31, 2017 where deputies said they received several reports of breaking and entering to vehicles at public parking areas along Hwy 150, west of Mooresville. 

Early on in the investigation, deputies said evidence was gathered which lead them to draw warrants on Wright, however he had no known address. 

Based on the pattern and evidence, detectives organized a surveillance operation to catch Wright before he could commit other crimes. 

On Sunday, Jan. 7 he was spotted in the area of local boat accesses and parking lots off of Highway 150 near the Catawba County line. Wright was kept under surveillance and was seen leaving one location and driving to another. Deputies said it appeared Wright was casing the area looking for potential targets. He was taken into custody shortly after. 

Wright's vehicle was seized and is being processed for evidence which detectives believe could link him to even more crimes in Iredell and surrounding counties. 

Wright has been placed under a $333,500 secured bond. This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are expected, police said.