Two charged in Statesville breaking and entering

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 24, 2017

STATESVILLE — Two Statesville residents have been arrested in connection with a March 9 breaking and entering.

According to a news release by Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell, Justin Campbell, 27, and his girlfriend, Morgan Monroe, 24, entered a residence on Lucas Lane in Statesville thinking that no one was home.

The homeowner surprised the couple, who then offered to do house and yard work for pay. While they were in the home, $160 was removed from a pocketbook. The couple returned to the house later that day when the homeowner was not home. According to the news release, they broke a window to gain access to the home and removed cash, two rifles and a revolver. Campbell made multiple attempts to sell the firearms, the release said.

Campbell and Monroe were arrested on March 18 at Brookwood Inn on East Broad Street in Statesville. Campbell was held on a $10,000 secured bond; Monroe received a $5,000 secured bond.

Campbell was charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Monroe was charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering.

Campbell has previously been convicted of financial card fraud; financial card theft; misdemeanor breaking and entering; misdemeanor larceny; felony breaking or entering a motor vehicle; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin; selling heroin; and felony aiding and abetting. He is currently on probation in Iredell County.

Monroe has previously been given a prayer for judgment on disorderly conduct and misdemeanor larceny charges. Monroe was convicted of shoplifting on March 6.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed, authorities said.