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Bladenboro Man Arrested for Multiple Columbus County Breaking and Entering Charges

The above photo is of Coleman Dean Johnson, 41, of Midway Drive in Bladenboro

Contributed by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office

Columbus County, NC – During the morning hours of October 16, 2020, Coleman Dean Johnson, 41, of Midway Drive in Bladenboro was arrested by Bladenboro Police Department for outstanding warrants for multiple breaking and entering cases that occurred in Columbus County. He was transported to Bladen County Detention Center where he received a secured bond of $80,000.00 for four counts of each: felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony breaking and entering, and misdemeanor injury to real property.

On October 4, 2020, at 11:21 pm, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Family Dollar store located at 7448 Andrew Jackson Highway SW in Cerro Gordo, in reference to a breaking and entering in progress. Upon arrival, the deputy observed the front glass of the business was broken. The business was cleared and the manager contacted. The surveillance footage was reviewed and a white male was visible. He was wearing a tee shirt, blue jeans, and a camouflage face covering. The following items were taken during the incident: 2- clothes hampers, 48- Snickers bars (regular size), 13-peanut M&Ms, 9- Snickers bars (king size), 2 – Gain liquid laundry detergent, 5 – Gain Flings, 1 – Suave Coconut Oil shampoo, 4 – Dove Deep Moisturizing body wash, 7 – Dove Sensitive Skin body wash, 3 – Suave Pro Honey Infusion shampoo, 4 – Canada Dry Ginger Ales (20 oz.).

On October 9, 2020, at 2:03 am, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Mini Express located at 7371 Andrew Jackson Highway SW in Cerro Gordo, in reference to an alarm activation. Upon arrival, the deputy observed the front glass of the business was broken. The business was cleared and the owner was contacted. The surveillance footage was reviewed and a white male was visible. He was wearing a tee shirt, blue jeans, and a face mask. The following items were taken during the incident: 8 – cartons of Newport cigarettes, 10 – cartons of Marlboro Menthol cigarettes, 4 – cartons of L&M Menthol cigarettes.
On October 11, 2020, at 12:21 am, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Dollar General store located at 2448 James B White Hwy N in Whiteville, in reference to an alarm activation. Upon arrival, the deputy observed the front glass of the business was broken. The business was cleared and the manager was contacted. The surveillance footage was reviewed and a white male was visible. He was wearing a striped shirt, blue jeans, and a camouflage face covering. The following items were taken during the incident: 8 – Gain liquid detergent and a laundry basket.

On October 11, 2020, at 12:36 am, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Dollar General store located at 65 Mollie Road in Whiteville, in reference to an alarm activation. Upon arrival, the deputy observed the front glass of the business was broken. The business was cleared and the manager was contacted. The surveillance footage was reviewed and a white male was visible. He was wearing a striped shirt, blue jeans, and a camouflage face covering. The following items were taken during the incident: 6 – Gain fabric softener, 6 – Gain liquid detergent, 5 – Tide Free and Gentle detergent, 5 – Febreze air fresheners, 5 – Dove Sensitive Skin body wash, 2 – 3 pack of lighters, 5 – Tiger Balm patches.
All items stolen during these incidents had a total value of $1,912.63.

After receiving confidential information regarding this investigation, Bladenboro Police Department contacted Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Bladenboro Police Department reviewed the photos of the suspect from the surveillance footage. They were able to positively identify the suspect as Coleman Dean Johnson. Bladenboro Police Department Officers were familiar with Johnson from past interactions.
We would like to thank Bladenboro Police Department for their assistance with this investigation. Their assistance was paramount in quickly solving these cases and apprehending the suspect. Thank you!

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office added, “Everyone is presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. The information contained in this post is not intended to be an expression of opinion regarding guilt. The views and opinions expressed by private citizens who may comment on our post are not adopted by and do not reflect the official policy or position of this law enforcement agency.”

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