Two charged with stealing from house under construction

Published 11:02 am Thursday, April 28, 2016

SALISBURY —  A man and woman got more than they bargained for after allegedly stealing appliances from a new house and trying to sell them online.

Kevin Hurley, 28, and Shannon Lisbeth Herlocker, 39, were arrested Wednesday for breaking and entering and on drug charges. Hurley received a $20,000 secured bond and Herlocker received a $15,000 bond. Both remained in jail on Thursday morning, according a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Hurley’s and Herlocker’s charges stem from an investigation that began on April 18, when the Sheriff’s Office began looking into a breaking and entering of a house under construction near Gold Hill.

The house was not finished yet, but several appliances had been reported stolen. The unnamed victim saw some of the stolen appliances online and contacted the seller — Hurley — but didn’t reveal the property was stolen, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Undercover Sheriff’s Office investigators joined the victim to meet Hurley at 297 Bee Lake Road — near High Rock Lake — and see the potentially stolen property. The release states detectives also waited nearby in case the seller attempted to flee.

During the meeting, Hurley and Herlocker showed detectives a microwave that still had the victim’s purchase receipt inside, according to a news release. Inside the house on Bee Lake Road, detectives spotted two stolen ceiling fans, one of which was installed in the living room.

Hurley’s and Herlocker’s drug charges stem from a number of items that were found inside the house. The release states detectives found a marijuana smoking pipe, two methamphetamine smoking pipes, a used needle, two silver spoons with white powder residue and a small plastic bag with methamphetamine inside.

It’s not the first time Hurley and Herlocker have been charged with breaking and entering. Herlocker was charged in 2007 in Stanly County with felony breaking and entering and later convicted. Hurley was charged in Rowan County with felony breaking and entering in 2013 and later convicted.