Following almost a year of unsolved residential break-ins across western Lincoln County, deputies have finally made arrests in the incidents.
Deputies have apprehended two western Lincoln County men but are looking for four other individuals, including at least one teen, connected to the break-ins, according to an agency press release.
Rodney Scott Wright, 45, of 8830 N. N.C. 10, and Carl Lloyd Almany, III, 20, of 1656 Knoll Drive, both in Vale, are in custody.
The two are charged with breaking into an empty home on the 1600 block of Grand Point Lane in January, taking appliances from both the kitchen and bathroom and a pickup truck’s camper shell, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Wright was arrested on Tuesday while Almany, additionally accused of stealing lawn equipment in July from a home on the 2100 block of North Brook III School Road, according to the release, was already behind bars on charges of methamphetamine possession.
Both men were arrested earlier this year in separate incidents for drug-related charges.
Deputies said they are still on the hunt for the following four Vale residents connected to the crimes: Lloyd Allen Roark, Jr., 20, of 1938 Peeler Road, Anthony Jackson Lewis, 26, of 9230 Mull Road, Thomas Andrew Parker, 36, of 1755 Ed Craig Lane and Quinton Lee Allen Roark, 19, of 1938 Peeler Road.
Both Quinton Roark and Lloyd Roark broke into an unoccupied home on Rose Ridge Lane in April, stealing tarps and blankets, among other items, the release said.
According to deputies, the residence was being used for storage.
Lewis allegedly assisted Almany in the break-in and larceny incident on North Brook III School Road.
The Sheriff’s Office said Parker broke into the Wright Brothers Tomato Company, located on N.C. 18 in Lawndale, in December, stealing cash from the business.
Individuals with information in the break-ins or whereabouts of the at-large suspects are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 732-9050, the Communications Center at (704) 735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 736-8909.
Both Wright and Almany remain the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, Wright under a $40,000 bond and Almany under a $75,000 bond.
Wright faces one count each of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering and possessing stolen goods.
Almany faces two counts each of the same charges, according to the jail website.