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5 teens charged for Denver break-ins

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies have charged five teens with breaking into vehicles this month in both Catawba County and on Lincoln County’s eastern end, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Officers apprehended the suspects on Friday after receiving information in the case from a local citizen, an agency press release said.
However, deputies revealed a sixth teen remains at-large in the incidents.
The alleged thieves targeted mostly unlocked vehicles in the Killian Crossing Subdivision in Denver, deputies said.
The suspects are also accused of stealing Lincoln County Emergency Management equipment from a vehicle in Catawba County, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The following individuals were arrested in the case:
Devin Nix, 18, of 6221 Neptune Drive in Denver, who is charged with one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of stolen goods.
Tyler Tazly Simmons, 16, of the 2000 block of Woodstone Drive in Newton, who is charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and one count of larceny.
Hunter James Blanton, 17, of 6833 Pebble Bay Drive in Denver, who is charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and one felony count each of larceny, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property under false pretenses.
Morrissey Isaac Muniz, 17, of 1198 Lynn Road in Catawba, who is charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and one felony count of larceny.
Anthony Labrada, 18, of 4226 Love Road in Claremont, who is charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and one felony count of larceny.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is still on the hunt for 18-year-old Kenneth Ryan, of Poplis Road in Mooresville.
Ryan faces three felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and one felony count each of possession of stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretenses and larceny.
Deputies are continuing to investigate additional Lincoln and Catawba County vehicle break-ins that have occurred since Aug. 15, the release said.
Incidents have been reported by residents living on Mariner’s Pointe Circle, Smith Cove Road and Lake Breeze Lane, all in Denver, along with the Lincolnton subdivision of Kings Grant, located off N.C. 150 east of Boger City, deputies said.
Four of the suspects remain in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, Simmons under a $15,000 secured bond, Blanton and Muniz under a $20,000 secured bond apiece and Labrada under a $5,000 secured bond.
Nix has since posted a $5,000 secured bond, according to the jail website.
Deputies who have been investigating the incidents and are credited with making Friday’s arrests include B. Seibenhaar, K. Monday, J. Little and a detective with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

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