BOONE-The Boone Police Department charged four men yesterday – all are from the Greensboro area – with felonies after BPD responded to a report of suspicious activity at a Carolina West Wireless store in Boone.
The men charged include:
•King Savior Black, 23, of 814 Green Oaks St., Greensboro
•Rico Joshua Corde, 22, of 701 Franklin Blvd., Greensboro
•Pierre Le-Lawton Little, 21, of 1213 Nealtown Road, Greensboro and
•Matthew Lee Jones III, 29, of 751 Jennifer St., Greensboro
All four were arrested and charged with felony attempted breaking or entering a building, felony possession of burglary tools and felony conspiracy to commit breaking or entering a building and held on $20,000 secured bond and given a May 16, court date.
Jones was also served with an outstanding warrant from the Greensboro Police Department for one count of Misdemeanor Injury to Personal Property – his court date in that case is April 5 – and given a $750 secured bond.
According to a press release issued by BPD, officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call near the Carolina West Wireless store, located within the Watauga Village Shopping Center, at 4:30 a.m. on March 14.
“A Carolina West security officer observed two males acting suspiciously in the area of the store prior to calling the police,” according to the release.
BPD officers responded to find four males in a silver four-door 2000 Volkswagen Passat behind the business.
“Officers made contact and noticed suspicious items in the car to include pry bars, multiple pairs of gloves, a large saw, and bandannas tied in such a way that one could use for concealment of their identity,” according to the release. “The men were detained and an investigation began.”
Boone Police said the descriptions of the men and the tools were consistent with what has been seen on video surveillance at crime scenes in various other locations in North Carolina.
The four men were interviewed at the Boone Police Department, arrested and taken before a magistrate at the Watauga County Magistrate’s office.
Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford said cell phone stores across the state have been burglarized, and said his office is working with other law enforcement agencies to determine if these same four men are responsible for other reported break-ins.
“These arrests are not the end of our investigation,” Crawford said in the release. “This investigation is ongoing.”
December’s smash and grab at CWW in West Jefferson
West Jefferson Police Chief Jeff Rose said his department will be working with the Boone Police Department to determine if the four men charged this week were involved in a break-in at a Carolina West Wireless location in West Jefferson on Dec. 20, 2015.
The alleged thieves in that case used a large rock to smash through the store’s glass door at roughly 2:35 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and made off with up to $45,000 in wireless phones and tablets.
“Our detectives will be checking to see if there is any connection between that case and the Boone case,” Rose said.
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