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Deputies: Tip leads to break-in arrests



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Authorities apprehended two Hickory men accused of stealing a television from a Crouse residence Wednesday morning after a neighbor witnessed the incident and alerted 911, deputies said.

The break-in occurred around 11:15 a.m. at a home located on the 1900 block of Pleasant Grove Church Road, deputies said.

Both Lincolnton Police and Sheriff’s deputies searched for the two suspects after a neighbor told authorities that he saw the men put a 32-inch flat screen TV into their vehicle before fleeing the residence.

Officer Chuck McGinley located and stopped the suspects’ burgundy Ford Explorer on Gaston Street Extension, the release said. Authorities said they located the electronic device inside the vehicle.

Jonathan Lamar Jordan, 31, of 1029 11th St. NE, and Walter Villarreal, 23, of 960 20th St. Place NE, were taken into custody.

Each has been placed under $30,000 secured bonds and charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

According to the North Carolina Department of Correction’s records, Jordan had a nearly three-year prison stay for felony breaking and entering and felony possession of a firearm by a felon in Vance County in 2007. He was convicted of felony larceny in Warren County two years earlier and common law robbery in the same county in 2003.

Both suspects remain behind Lincoln County bars.

Sheriff David Carpenter commended the neighbor in a press release, stating how his heroic action and quick response greatly aided law enforcement officials.

“That is the continued cooperation we are having from citizens — being observant of their surroundings,” he said. “It’s good to have people that care about their neighbors.”


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