Police: Neighbor alerts officers to break-in
CHINA GROVE – An alert neighbor led authorities to charge two China Grove men with felony breaking and entering and larceny charges, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reported today.
According to the report, a neighbor of Erasmo Angeles, who owns a home at Lentz Road, called authorities to report that two suspicious men had stopped near Angeles’ home, got out of their car, and walked into the woods behind the home.
When officers arrived they found a window of the home broken and two doors open. Then a banging noise was heard coming from the woods behind the home, and the officer called out, asking whomever was in the woods to come forward.
Jason Marin Comer and Dustin Allen Furr walked out of the woods and told officers that they were riding the pipeline on a four wheeler and found scrap metal, the report said.
Angeles’ daughter, Miriam, arrived, and told the officers someone had been breaking into the home for several months, taking items from the home. Angeles said her family didn’t live there, but was storing stuff there, planning to move in at a later date.
Officers walked into the woods and found a blue four wheeler and a pile of scrap metal. They then searched the car belonging to Comer and found a five-gallon bucket filled with scrap metal, along with a box filled with household items and scrap metal.
Angeles was able to identify the scrap metal pile in the woods and the metal found in the trunk of the car, saying both came from the home.
Comer and Furr were both charged with felony larceny and felony breaking and entering.
Comer, 29, of 579 Barnhardt Road, was given a $15,000 secured bond. Comer has since made bond and been released from jail.
Furr, 25, of 295 Lakeview Lane, was given a $10,000 secured bond. Furr was still in jail Thursday morning.