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One Arrested, One Sought on Breaking and Entering Charges

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Update: Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Mathue Hannaniah Johnson, 23, of 40 Fredrick Britt Road, Bladenboro. He is facing charges of felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny, and felonious possession of stolen goods.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Johnson, you are asked to contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.

Sheriff James A. McVicker released the names of two individuals responsible for the breaking and entering and larceny of a storage building behind a residence in the 4000 block of US Highway 701 South of Elizabethtown on September 27, 2017.

“Investigators have been able to arrest two individuals responsible for the September breaking and entering,” said McVicker. “A homeowner reported his storage building was broken into and items stolen included power tools, an air compressor, battery charger, leaf blower, floor jack, weed eater and gas cans. The initial deputy on the scene checked the immediate area and located footprints leading away from the building and going down a road behind the property. After following these footprints, he located all of the stolen property hidden in the woods.”

McVicker said, while investigating, the deputy saw a car drive down the road, which was a dead end road, turn around and start back out. He stopped the car and after questioning the occupants was able to link them to the theft of the items.

Arrested and charged with felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny, and felonious possession of stolen goods was Joshua Brian Evans, 37, of 75 McCarroll Drive, Clarkton. His bond was set at $25,000 secured.

“Deputy George Willoughby did an excellent initial investigation in this case and it was his diligence which led to these arrests and the recovery of all the stolen property,” said McVicker. “We believe the two had broken into the storage building earlier in the morning and stashed the stolen property in the woods. They later found someone to return with them to retrieve the property. This was just good, basic, police work on my deputies’ part.”