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Blotter: Charlotte man charged with taking $179 worth of clothing, detergent from Dollar General

A Charlotte man was charged this week after he was caught taking $179 worth of clothing and detergent from a China Grove Dollar General. A report said the man walked out of the store with a tote full of N.C. Tarheel hooded sweat shirts and Tide detergent pods.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Frank Young Jr., Wednesday with misdemeanor larceny, driving after consuming alcoholic beverages and misdemeanor littering.

Young, 45, of the 2200 block of Prestige Lane, was issued a $2,500 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

Law enforcement were alerted to the vehicle driven during the incident because the driver went from 55 mph to 40 mph after realizing authorities were behind him, a report said.

An officer saw a man, later identified as Frank Young, leaving the Dollar General store in China Grove with a large tote. He walked fast to a Dodge Magnum sitting in the parking lot, which was the same vehicle that officers had spotted driven by someone else. The man placed the tote in the back seat, tossed out a beer can and hopped into the driver’s seat while the man who was driving got into the passenger’s seat.

The driver was Frank Young, officials said. He pulled into the Food Lion parking lot in China Grove on U.S. 29 in China Grove, but parked at the end of the parking lot. Authorities looked up the tag and discovered the plate was expired as of November.

The driver he and his brother, the passenger Edwin Franklin, had been Christmas shopping. The passenger told Rowan officials they’d stopped at Food Lion so he could used the restroom.

Franklin then told the officer they were not brothers, but friends who were visiting other friends in the area.

“We were shopping. We weren’t stealing anything,” Young voluntarily told the officer.

The officer noticed Young smelled of alcohol and found a case of Milwaukee’s Best beer in the passenger seat. The officer also found a Mason jar filled with a clear liquid that contained a cinnamon stick and fruit.

Officers looked inside the tote and found six Tar Heel hooded sweat shirts, four unopened Tide detergent pods, all with Dollar General price stickers still on them.

Young told deputies he bought the items in a Charlotte Dollar General as Christmas gifts. He said he’d gone to the China Grove store to find matching bottoms.

A deputy then spoke with a Dollar General employee and she recognized Young. She said the items inside the tote belonged to the store. She said Young picked up the tote, walked around the store, put the items inside the tote and quickly walked out. The items were valued at $179.76, a report said.

The passenger, Edwin Franklin, was not charged. Young admitted the items were stolen from the store and the beer and other alcohol in the car also belonged to him.

In other sheriff’s reports:

• Lowerstone Church reported on Wednesday someone took an electrical meter box from the side of the building in the 2400 block of Lower Stone Church Road, Rockwell.

• A woman reported on Wednesday a burglary occurred in the 100 block of Carter Loop Road, Rockwell.

• A man reported on Wednesday a burglary occurred in the 12900 block of Stokes Ferry Road, Gold Hill.

• Enrique Ortiz Benitez, 42, was charged on Wednesday with misdemeanor assault on a female in the 1000 block of Meah Lane.
• Crystal Ann Kelley, 35, and Brian Kelley, 36, were both charged on Wednesday with misdemeanor resist, delay, obstruct an officer in the 100 block of Leader Lane, Kannapolis.
• Michael Lee Upright, 42, was charged on Wednesday with misdemeanor simple assault in the 100 block of Haven Trail, China Grove.
• A woman reported on Thursday someone broke a window in the vehicle in the 1800 block of South Main Street.
• It was reported on Thursday that traffic control devices were damaged and other tools taken from the 700 block of Long Meadow Drive.
• Midland Mortgage Company reported on Thursday a burglary in the 300 block of Imperial Drive.
• A man reported on Thursday he was the victim of a vehicle theft in the 600 block of Forney Street.
• A man reported on Thursday in the 500 block of Fair Bluff Avenue that he paid $240 to rent a home in Florida on Craigslist and discovered the home was actually up for sale. The victim saw the house listed on a real estate website.
• Nationstar reported on Thursday a larceny occurred in the 100 block of Carolina Boulevard.
• A man reported on Thursday he was the victim of a burglary that occurred in the 200 block of Castlewood Drive.
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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