Three Clinton men have been arrested in connection with a breaking and entering that took place over the weekend and are now facing serious felony charges stemming from the incident.
Travis R. Crawford, 35, and Justin D. Tatum, 22, both of 246 N. Peavine Road, Clinton; and Charles E. Royal Jr., 31, of 41 Duck Pond Lane, Clinton, are in custody, charged with breaking and entering; larceny after breaking and entering; and possession of stolen goods. All three were placed in the Sampson County Detention Center — each under $35,000 bonds — after their arrests at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
According to reports, deputies were at the scene of a motor vehicle accident when the three men drove by pulling a trailer with a large amount of stainless steel. The men advised the deputies that they were recently given the steel from a business. Upon calling the business owner for verification, it was discovered that the items were taken from another nearby business, Old Hickory Stainless Steel, located on Fayetteville Highway.
The men were immediately taken into custody.
Reports note that the total value of the steel was estimated at $3,500.
According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, two of the three men have previous convictions. Travis Crawford was convicted of common law robbery in June 2005); armed robbery (July 1995); and forgery (June 2005).
Charles Royal has one previous conviction of a DWI level 5 (February 2002).
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