Sherry Matthews Editor
September 26, 2013
An anonymous tip and an alert neighbor are being credited for leading officers to the arrest of a Garland-area man and a Hope Mills woman on a laundry list of charges related to crimes at a Nash Johnson Farm.
David Ray King, 19, of 760 Cain Road, Garland and Halle Brooke Stewart, 17, of 317 Grummen Road, Hope Mills, were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon. Both were charged with three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of larceny; three counts of possession of stolen property; and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. King also faces one count of destruction/alteration of criminal evidence.
The arrests, Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Pope said, were the culmination of an investigation that started after an anonymous tip was received that thieves were targeting the farm, located on Shaw Road near Garland.
Pope said an alert neighbor observed a vehicle leaving the farm and immediately notified the Sheriff’s Office .Tin had reportedly been taken.
Deputies, responding to the call, found that the electronic surveillance installed at the farm had been disabled. King and Stewart were located a few minutes later near the intersection of North Herring Avenue and N.C. 411 and were immediately taken into custody.
The stolen tin was recovered at an abandoned barn on Garland Airport Road.
Through further investigation, Pope said, it was determined that the pair had allegedly been involved in the theft of multiple items on at least three different occasions from the same farm.
Both King and Stewart were placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under separate $25,000 bonds. They are expected to appear in District Court Friday.