A Salemburg man has been arrested on half a dozen felony charges following a break-in at a local farm, for which he was arrested moments after Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities received the call.
Michael Phillip Turlington, 53, of 1561 Bonnetsville Road, Salemburg, has been charged with two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods and resisting officer.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a break-in in progress at 1500 Zoar Church Road, Salemburg. According to reports, the owner of the farm, Jack Bonner of Salemburg, had contacted law enforcement to report the breaking and entering was in progress. Reports state the call came in just before 4 a.m. Sunday.
Upon arrival, deputies observed the suspect, who fled on foot. Officers pursued the suspect and apprehended him a short distance later. The suspect, Turlington, was arrested and charged in connection with the crime.
“This was great work on behalf of the farm owner and law enforcement,” Lt. Marcus Smith stated.
Turlington had allegedly broken into his turkey houses on Zoar Church Road and attempted to steal two battery operated nail guns, two cordless drills, an electric impact gun as well as sockets and wrenches. The items were valued at a total of $650.
His bond was set at $25,000.
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