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5 individuals arrested after break in

Jonathan Lee Melvin Jr.

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the apprehension of five individuals who broke into a home in the 3800 block of NC Hwy 87 East near Elizabethtown on September 19, 2017.

“My investigators have been able to arrest and charge five individuals with this crime,” said McVicker. “These young men broke into a home, vandalized it and then stole two shotguns from inside the home. They also vandalized two vehicles in the yard by
shooting them, stole a rifle and weed eater, and then stole a pickup truck.”

McVicker said his investigators canvassed the neighborhood and were able to get leads from area residents that lead them to the individuals responsible for the crimes.

There was over $6,000.00 in damages and stolen property he said. McVicker said investigators recovered the stolen truck and one of the stolen firearms.

The five men were charged with 3 counts of Larceny of a Firearm, 3 counts of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, 1 count of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, 1 count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, 1 count of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, 1 count of Breaking
and Entering a Residence and 1 count of Larceny from the Residence. They were additionally charged with 2 counts of Injury to Personal Property and 1 count of Injury to Real Property.

Jonathan Lee Melvin Jr., 19 of 46 Plum Tree Lane, Elizabethtown. Melvin’s bond was set at $35,000.00. The four other males were under the age of 18 years of age. All were charged and had bail set at different amounts.

“Sharp eyed neighbors were instrumental in providing us with information that lead my deputies to the culprits and solved this crime,” McVicker added. “ Neighbors watching out for neighbors can mean a lot. We are always more than happy to help neighborhoods set up community watch programs.”

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