4 arrested in break-in case

Top, from left: Gilbert Keith Moore and Diamond Montana Noles. Bottom, from left: Kaitlin Sierra Smith and Cory Tyler Woodard.

Four suspects have been arrested in connection with a residential break-in last week.

Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 39-year-old Gilbert Keith Moore, of 50 Tanya Drive in Nebo; 18-year-old Diamond Montana Noles, of 128 Franklin Ave. in Marion; 22-year-old Kaitlin Sierra Smith, of 18425 U.S. 221 North in Marion; and 21-year-old Cory Tyler Woodard, of 275 Cool Springs Lane in Marion, with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and injury to real property.

During the early-morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 7, Ken Beshears, of 1374 Haven Heights Drive in Marion, reported that someone broke into his house and stole $1,000 worth of property, including a TV, a DVD player, clay targets and drop cords.

Lt. Derrick McGinnis responded to a call of an alarm at Beshears’ residence that morning and spotted a suspicious vehicle in the area. The car stopped and McGinnis eventually discovered that Woodard was driving and Smith was in the passenger seat. He could see that the back seat was filled with household items.

The suspect vehicle fled and, a short distance down Haven Heights, ran off the road and hit a power pole, knocking down about 70 feet of power line. Both subjects in the car had run. The Kia Forte belonged to Smith.

Further investigation showed that all four of the suspects were responsible for breaking into the home. When they saw McGinnis’ patrol car approach, Smith and Woodard left in the car and Moore and Noles fled into the woods.

Smith and Woodard were arrested on Friday, Feb. 9; Smith received a written promise to appear in court, while Woodard’s bond was set at $30,500. Moore's bond was set at $46,000; Nole's bond was set at $45,000.

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