Updated February 2, 2013
Thanks to YOUR tips and our detective’s hard work, just one day after an incident that involved a brazen theft, a car accident and a multi-agency search near a busy shopping center - the Clayton Police Department has been able to make an arrest. 22-year-old Skyler Mazza of Raleigh has been charged with multiple counts in relation to the Thursday night incident that caused quite a stir at the Clayton Town Center shopping plaza!
Clayton Police got the call shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 that a man had stolen a large flat-screen TV from the Wal-Mart Super Center. Witnesses reported that the man then fled the parking lot in a truck, which detectives later determined had been stolen from Raleigh. Customers say as the man raced away, he slammed into a car driven by Clayton resident Monique Taylor. Shoppers rushed to her aid. She was injured badly enough that she needed to be taken to the hospital.
Likely due to the damage from the accident , the suspect decided to ditch his truck on the side of the road and wtinesses saw him grab the TV and run into woods near the shopping center. Clayton Police called in the assistance of the Wake County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit. While they searched on the ground, the North Carolina Highway Patrol used their thermal imaging equipment to search the area in the darkness from their helicopter. Although the man could not be located after several hours of searching, the Clayton Police Department sincerely appreciates the assistance of these partner agencies.
Using store surveillance photos from Wal-Mart and tips from the public, Detective B.R. Temple was able to identify the suspect as 22-year-old Skyler Mazza of Raleigh. Then, together ...with the help of Cary Police, he was able to track Mazza to the McDonald’s near the Cary Towne Center Mall and make the arrest the very next day, on Friday night. (As you can see in his mugshot above, the accident and his run through the woods apparently left him with facial injuries.)
Mazza will be in Johnston County court on Monday, February 4, 2013 to face 5 charges: 1 felonious count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, 1 felonious count of Hit and Run, 1 misdemeanor count of Larceny, 1 misdemeanor count of Resisting Arrest, and an outstanding probation violation out of Wake County. Mazza was secured in the Johnston County Jail under a $135,000.00 secure bond.
Thanks again to all of you who helped make this arrest possible – we always appreciate the public’s help! And your patience when we’re working a scene at a busy shopping center! We’re sorry for any inconvenience.