Last of trio wanted in Nov. 6 breaking and entering arrested

Published 11:47 am Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Joshua Lee Meece, 28. Meece was placed on the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office most wanted list after he and two others reportedly broke into an elderly person’s home on Garrick Road Nov. 6. The 82-year-old resident reported being awakened by the noise and hiding in the bathroom while someone took a television.

The Sheriff’s Office identified Meece, along with his younger brother John Meece, 23, and Miranda Gail Waggoner as suspects in the case. Warrants were taken out on all three for breaking and entering, and a felony first-degree burglary warrant was obtained for Joshua Meece.

Waggoner was arrested in the early morning hours of Nov. 9 at the 600 block of Poole Road and placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. John Meece turned himself in to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 11.

Joshua Meece was thought to have fled the state, but was discovered hiding in a house on the 400 block of Moon River Road. Deputies received a tip from the public about his location. The Sheriff’s Office reported that Meece tried to climb out of a window at the Moon River address at 4 a.m. Wednesday, but was met by two deputies. The deputies helped him to the ground and arrested him.

Joshua Meece was charged with three counts of felony breaking and entering a building, three counts of felony larceny, and one count of misdemeanor larceny. He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $202,500 secured bond.

He has previously been charged in Rowan County with felony breaking and entering, larceny, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, aggravated assault, credit card theft, possessing stolen goods, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.