Hampstead man pleads guilty to multiple break-ins in New Hanover County

Rolando Ezequiel Martinez (Photo: New Hanover Co. Jail)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Hampstead man is heading to prison after admitting to a string of home and car break-ins in New Hanover County.

Rolando Martinez, 36, pleaded guilty this week to multiple burglaries, home break-ins, vehicle break-ins, larcenies and other related felonies.

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The District Attorney’s Office says in July 2017, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office investigated a vehicle break-in, where a bike and other property was stolen. Martinez was caught after he sold the stolen bike to a store, and confessed when interviewed by New Hanover County detectives.

While on pretrial release for the July 2017 break-ins, Martinez was charged with additional crimes.

In early December 2017, Wilmington Police started getting multiple reports of burglaries, home break-ins, vehicle break-ins and larcenies off Eastwood Road. Martinez was identified when he tried to sell some of the stolen property over the internet.

When Wilmington detectives searched Martinez’s home, they say they found multiple items that had been reported stolen. Martinez was arrested and confessed. Martinez told detectives that a recent addiction to drugs had caused him to commit the crimes.

Superior Court Judge John Nobles sentenced Martinez to 45-66 months in prison, followed by two consecutive 8-19 month suspended sentences, 36 months supervised probation.

Martinez was ordered to pay restitution to the victims as part of work release, post release supervision and probation.

Martinez has previously been convicted of domestic violence protective order violation, false
imprisonment, and driving after consuming.