McDowell Sheriff’s Office investigating string of break-ins: Agency assisted in Rutherford manhunt

(From left) Jordan Carmichael and Xavier Bell

RUTHERFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

McDowell investigators are looking into a spree of break-ins that occurred Friday and need the public’s help.

In addition, McDowell authorities aided in the hunt for and arrest of break-in suspects in Rutherford over the weekend. On Tuesday, they were not prepared to say whether those are connected.

On Friday, Nov. 10, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office received at least 20 individual reports of vehicle break-ins that occurred predominately in the Nebo and Marion area.

Among these reported break-ins include:

- Christy Lynn Garcia, 40, of Mercy Lane, Nebo, reported that someone broke into her Hyundai Elantra and stole a $50 handbag containing credit and debit cards.

- Casey Adam Hollifield, 25, of Matilda Avenue, Marion, reported that someone broke into his vehicle and stole $695 worth of items, including a Diamond compound bow and miscellaneous hunting equipment, two book bags and a kid’s tablet.

- Michael Lee Cornett, 51, of Amy Lane, Nebo, reported that someone broke into his Jeep Grand Cherokee and stole an Oakley bag full of tools and a .17 HMR bolt action rifle, with a total value of $1,106.

- Samantha Lou Kaylor, 42, of Wildlife Road, Nebo, reported that someone threw a brick through the window of her GMC Terrain and stole a Vera Bradley purse containing a $200 bracelet and medication.

- Alejandra M. Alfaro, 19, of Mockingbird Drive, Nebo, reported that someone broke into her Toyota Corolla and stole $200 in cash.

- Eric Christopher Huskins, 44, of Mockingbird Drive, Nebo, reported that someone stole his $3,500 Honda Civic from his home.

In a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Public Information Assistant Richelle Bailey said, “Investigators continue to follow up on leads. They have pinpointed a few suspects, but, due to the sheer number of cases they accumulated Friday morning, this is going to be a lengthy process. This break-in and theft spree possibly spans other counties, so the McDowell Sheriff’s Office is working with agencies in those areas to try to wrap this investigation up as soon as possible and put those responsible behind bars.”

According to investigation reports, the McDowell Sheriff’s Office cases alone totaled an estimated $4,427 in items, two vehicles – a Honda Civic and a Chevy 2000 Silverado pickup truck – and $280 in cash stolen as a result of these thefts.

Anyone with information regarding these string of thefts is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2237 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.

While this case is under investigation, McDowell authorities assisted in the arrest of two Charlotte men tied to a break-in spree that spanned multiple counties over the weekend.

Deputy Jeff Burgess of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office charged Jordan Cornelius Carmichael, 25, of West Bank Drive in Charlotte with 31 counts of felony breaking or entering into a motor vehicle; six counts of possession of firearm by felon; one count of larceny of motor vehicle; four counts of felony larceny of a firearm; 10 counts of misdemeanor larceny; two counts of injury to real property and one count breaking or entering into a dwelling.

Burgess also charged Xavier Antwon Bell, 17, of Theresa Drive in Charlotte with 31 counts of felony breaking or entering into a motor vehicle; one count breaking or entering to dwelling; one count of larceny of motor vehicle; four counts of larceny of firearm; one count of fleeing or eluding arrest; 12 counts of misdemeanor larceny; two counts of injury to personal property; one count of no operator’s license and one count of resisting public officer.

On Nov. 12, Rutherford County deputies began the hunt for two suspects in a stolen Chrysler 200 after the vehicle matched the description of one reported in a string of motor vehicle break-ins in the area. Deputies and K-9 units from McDowell and Cleveland counties and helicopter patrols from the N.C. Highway Patrol assisted in search.

Bond for Carmichael was set at $340,000, with pending charges out of Gaston County. Bond for Bell was set at $290,000.

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