R’boro teen charged in vehicle break-ins

By Chris Berendt - cberendt@s24477.p831.sites.pressdns.com


A Roseboro teenager is facing charges in connection with a rash of break-ins in the Roseboro last week, in which financial cards were taken and subsequently used, Sampson County Sheriff’s reports indicate.

Elijah Isiah Pridgen, 19, of 407 S. West St., Roseboro, has been charged with four counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, two counts of unlawful obtaining a credit card and a single count of financial card fraud.

According to Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith, a caller reported a vehicle break-in on Broad Street in Roseboro on Friday and provided a suspect description to responding deputies. Upon arrival to the area, deputies located the suspect, later identified as Pridgen, near Hunters Cafe on N.C. 24 and immediately detained him.

“During a search of the suspect, deputies located items which had been reported stolen by the victim,” Smith stated. “As a result, the suspect was taken into custody and charged.”

The break-ins were reported before 10 a.m. Friday at the 300 block of Broad Street. Four victims were listed in the thefts, including two residents of Broad Street, Hunters Cafe and Dollar General. Reports indicate that a wallet, three debit cards, two credit cards, a Sam’s business card and cash was taken. The debit cards and the Sam’s card were subsequently recovered, records show.

Other charges against Pridgen stemmed from similar vehicle break-ins reported on East Pleasant Street, where $100, a wallet and tablet were reported stolen, as well as from South West Street, where a cell phone and other electronics were reportedly taken, Smith noted.

Pridgen was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond.


By Chris Berendt


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