JEFFERSON-They tried to run, but didn’t get far.
A group of six alleged robbers were apprehended – with a load of stolen goods in tow – while trying to make their get away on U.S. 421 in Wilkes County after hearing of their pending arrests by Ashe County investigators.
The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, led by lead investigator Sgt. Det. Pamela James, began closing in on the alleged band of thieves earlier this week after connecting the dots in a string of break-ins that date back to July.
The arrested and their charges include:
Christian Angel Ward, 35, was charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering and two felony counts breaking and entering and larceny.
Selenna Olivia Perez, 18, of 388 Monroe Miller Road, Lansing, was charged with six counts of breaking and entering and six counts of breaking and entering larceny.
Amy Kathleen Gill, 39, of 167 Blevins Express Lots, West Jefferson, was charged with six counts of breaking and entering, six counts of breaking and entering and larceny and possession of firearm by felon.
Ronald Trey Maxwell, 22, of 195 Third Ave. Apt. No. 2, West Jefferson, was charged with six counts of felony breaking and entering and six counts of breaking and entering felony larceny.
Crystal Lynn Maxwell, 37, of 388 Monroe Miller Road, Lansing, was charged with six counts of felony breaking and entering, six counts of felony breaking and entering and larceny and one count of possession of firearm by felon.
Joe Allen Ponce, 25, of 339 Tom Fowler Road, Crumpler, was charged with one count of breaking and entering and one count of breaking and entering and larceny.
More arrests could still be to come, too, according to James, who said there was no rhyme or reason as to why the group chose the targets they did, but said the common thread in their victims seem to be migrant workers.
She said the group would case the residences and time their targets’ arrivals and departures before allegedly entering the residences.
Once inside, the group would collect flat-screen televisions, game systems, electronics and anything else of value, said investigators.
When authorities began closing in on the group, they made inroads for the foothills, but were nabbed by Wilkes County authorities after stealing a vehicle that was intended to be their get-away car. Stolen goods were also found in the car, solidifying the arrests, said the sheriff’s department.
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