Two people have been arrested in a Hayne Stretch Road break-in and theft, with the community circulating a surveillance photo posted by the Sampson County Sheriff’s officials Monday that helped identify one of the suspects.
At about 10 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a break-in and larceny at a farm on Hayne Stretch Road. Owner Matthew Faircloth reported a window air conditioning unit, valued at $100, missing, as well as an estimated $950 in damage inflicted to security cameras and wiring, as well as to a door at the building.
Investigators were able to obtain video surveillance of the suspects from the security system and posted a color photo on Sampson County Sheriff’s Jimmy Thornton’s Facebook page. It was shared hundreds of times and investigators were able to identify Christian Thomas Romanger.
On Monday afternoon, an update was posted to the sheriff’s Facebook page.
“Thanks for the overwhelming amount of shares, private messages and phone calls,” the post read. “With your help, we feel confident we have identified the person in this video and will be moving forward with our investigation.”
Romanger, 19, and a second suspect, Ramsey Manuel Rangel, 24, both listed of Laurel Lake Campground, Salemburg, were each subsequently charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. Romanger received an additional count of injury to personal property.
They were taken into custody at the campground. Bond for both set at $30,000 secured.
Rangel was convicted just a year ago, in June 2017, of multiple counts of felony breaking and entering, stemming from break-ins to Harrells Christian Academy, CommWell Health of Harrells and Harrells Head Start in March 2017. He was given a suspended sentence and 30 months of probation at that time, court records show.
He was convicted in March 2018 of forgery, again receiving a suspended sentence and 24 months probation. His probationary status is listed as active in the N.C. Department of Public Safety database.
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