Teens accused of residential, church break-ins
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Two men were in custody Monday on charges of breaking into churches, home and vehicles.
The arrests were made after deputies identified two suspects based on witness descriptions information gained by investigators.
A search warrant was served at 1940 Weaver Road, where one of the suspects, Joshua Michael Winecoff, 18, occasionally stayed with his grandmother.
Several stolen items were found in an outbuilding, and a bank bag taken during a break-in at Grace Lutheran Church last Monday was found in the suspect’s bedroom, investigators said.
Deputies then obtained warrants for Winecoff, and he was found shortly after with many of his belongings in the backseat of a vehicle, as if he was going to leave the area, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators then went to 560 Arant Road, where more stolen goods were located and another suspect, William Alexander Gavidia, 19, was arrested.
Winecoff, of 1205 Briarwood Terrace, Salisbury, was charged with four counts of felony breaking and entering and four counts of felony larceny, among other charges.
Winecoff’s bond is set at $150,000.
Gavidia, of 560 Arant Road, China Grove, was charged with four felony counts breaking and entering and two felony counts of larceny, among other charges.
Gavidia’s bond is set at $75,000.
Grace Lutheran Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and United Christian Fellowship were the churches that were broken into.