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Three charged in break-in of vacant home in Rockwell

Charged

Gary Wayne Steele

Kristen Grace Landers

Jamey Lynn Downey

ROCKWELL — Three people were charged with breaking into a vacant Rockwell home where investigators said they found used syringes.

Authorities received a phone call reporting a suspicious vehicle in front of the vacant home in the 1600 block of Holshouser Road. The caller reported seeing someone there on several other occasions.

A deputy found two women and a man near the back of a black Mustang.

Gary Wayne Steele told the deputy that the property belongs to his deceased grandmother. The deputy believed Steele was impaired, according to a report.

Steele, 35, of the 100 block of Sunshine Lane; Jamey Lynn Downey, 30, of the 200 block of Miller Road, China Grove; and Kristen Grace Landers, 31, also of the 100 block of Sunshine Lane, were each charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.

Downey admitted she had a syringe, the report said.

While searching Steele, the deputy found brass knuckles in a front pocket. Steele told the deputy he had a syringe in his pocket. He was additionally charged with possession of a concealed weapon, misdemeanor larceny and trespassing.

The deputy found more syringes and burnt spoons. He also found a metal container with jewelry, including a necklace, cufflinks, rings, a watch and tie pins.

According to the report, officers found syringes, burnt spoons, a shoelace and blood on the kitchen table as well as more syringes in a trash can.

Steele was issued a $15,000 secured bond.

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