Rockwell teen charged with neighborhood break-ins
ROCKWELL ó Rowan County sheriff’s detectives have charged a Rockwell teenager with breaking into two neighbors’ houses around the July 4 holiday.
The detectives recovered two guitars taken in the break-ins in Charlotte, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.
On Tuesday, detectives arrested John Forrest Bellinger, 18, and also executed a search warrant at Bellinger’s home, 795 Sam Euart Road, Rockwell. The search warrant was part of an investigation of two home break-ins on Pheasant Lane, which is in the same area as Bellinger’s home.
Authorities obtained the warrants on the break-in charges against Bellinger, and when detectives arrested him, Bellinger tried to throw away a bag of marijuana, according to the press release.
During the search, detectives also “discovered several items of drug paraphernalia and 12 grams of marijuana seeds,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “The seeds were packaged in a plastic bag and stored inside a locked briefcase that also contained other items of drug paraphernalia.”
Bellinger faces two counts each of of felony breaking and entering and larceny; possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana; and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to Sgt. C.A. Moose of the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division.