Cleveland man charged with breaking into churches, business

  • Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 1:05 a.m.
Adam Fredrick Hellard
Adam Fredrick Hellard

A Cleveland man was charged Monday with breaking into and vandalizing a number of area churches. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office say Adam Fredrick Hellard, 23, of the 200 block of Back Side Drive, was charged with breaking into churches, a storage building and used his sport utility vehicle to break into a Cleveland business.

Hellard is charged with felony attempted breaking and entering, felony possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor injury to real property, misdemeanor first-degree trespassing stemming from a May 13 incident. He is also charged with three counts felony breaking and entering a building, felony possession of burglary tools and felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance that stemmed from a May 14 incident.

Authorities say Matlock’s Storage, in the 16000 block of Cool Springs Road, Cleveland, was broken into sometime between May 12 and May 13. An arrest warrant said Hellard used a 2000 Ford Explorer to break through a metal gate at the property.

Officials at Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, South River Church Road, Cleveland told authorities someone broke into the church sometime between May 12 and May 13, but nothing was taken. On the same days, someone broke into Solid Rock Assembly, Cool Springs Road, Woodleaf, but did not take anything. The break-in occurred using a hammer. A storage building in the 11000 block of Cool Springs Road, Cleveland was also broken into between May 12 and May 13. Officers served an arrest warrant on Hellard for a 2010 drug offense for possessing 14 Valium’s on him.

Hellard remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond.

He was convicted in 2007 of misdemeanor breaking and entering, larceny, breaking into vehicles and carrying a concealed weapon. In 2008, Hellard was convicted of drug possession and in 2011 of possession of a firearm by a felon, felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Law enforcement officials charged Hellard in 2012 with robbing a convenience store he’d previously been convicted of robbing.

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