Traffic stop finds drugs and suspects in theft ring

Top row (from left): David Lee Carver and Brandon Kyle Brown.

Bottom row (from left): Rebecca Jean Buckner and Bradley Jordan Lowery

Four McDowell suspects were arrested and charged after a routine traffic stop escalated into drug charges and the takedown of a three-month long break-in and theft ring, authorities said Thursday.

McDowell County Sheriff’s Office investigators J.T. Grindstaff, Andy Manis, Paul Alkire and Van Williams made the following arrests:

-- David Lee Carver, 22, address listed as Davistown Road in Old Fort, on 14 counts of larceny, 10 counts of breaking and entering, six counts of possession of stolen goods, five counts of injury to property, two counts each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle and one count each of larceny of a firearm and burning of a building.

--Brandon Kyle Brown, 36, address listed at Bethlehem Road in Old Fort, on 11 counts of larceny, seven counts of breaking and entering, six counts of possession of stolen goods, four counts of injury to property and two counts each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle.

--Rebecca Jean Buckner, 43, address listed as Bethlehem Road in Old Fort, on two counts each of breaking and entering and larceny.

--Bradley Jordan Lowery, 32, address listed as Gowan Loop in Marion, on two counts of larceny and one count of breaking and entering.

Deputy Steven McPeters of the Sheriff’s Office also charged Carver, Brown and Buckner with possession of marijuana.

On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 27, McPeters responded to the area of Samir’s, on Sugar Hill Road, in reference to a pickup truck being driven recklessly in the area. The deputy spotted the Ford truck at the store and noticed the bed loaded with tools. Deputies seized 1.2 grams of marijuana and a couple of guns but had no proof at the time that any of the tools were stolen.

Carver, Brown and Buckner were issued citations of the drugs and released.

Then, on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 27, Old Fort police stopped the truck for traffic violations and located 4.63 ounces of marijuana and a stolen shotgun belonging to Andy Moss, of Crooked Creek. The suspects were jailed at that time on felony drug and weapons charges.

The investigation heightened again on Wednesday, Nov. 28, when deputies were called to the U.S. 70 East residence of Joshua Collins and Renee Smith in reference to an assault. While there, deputies and detectives found property that had been reported stolen during a three-month break-in spree in Old Fort. Further investigation into the stolen goods led them back to Carver, Brown, Buckner and Lowery.

They are charged, in part or in whole, with stealing more than $74,000 worth of property from the following victims:

--Thomas Reddman Mowing, of Zirconia, a tractor and two mowers from Bethlehem Road around Sept. 21

--- Charles Vess, of Campground Road in Old Fort, around Sept. 25; bed frames, a sewing machine, hand tools, lumber, a car jack, a washing machine and gardening tools

--Garrett Kaderlik, of Bethlehem Road in Old Fort, on Oct. 7; a lawn mower, a weed trimmer, 12 fishing poles, two tackle boxes and hand tools

--Timothy Miller, of Hickory Nut Hollow Road in Old Fort, on Nov. 11, a security camera

--Alan Haywood, of Greensboro, a 1968 Chevrolet truck, a table saw and a weed trimmer from a residence on Bat Cave Road in Old Fort around Nov. 11

--James Bartlett, of Pine Cove Road in Old Fort, on Nov. 17, two guns and a laptop computer

--Pat Thomas, of Catawba River Road in Old Fort, on Nov. 21, two chainsaws and other power tools

--Timothy Jarrell, of Fort Pierce, Fla., a chair and ottoman, wooden cabinets, an antique record player, hand tools and a clock; from a house on Jarrell Loop in Old Fort, on Nov. 21

--Pat Vess, of Old Greenlee Road in Old Fort, on Nov. 21; an air compressor, collectable dishes, a Monitor heater, two TVs, a generator, a car radio, a CB radio, a CD player, a washing machine, a dryer, a mini freezer and two tackle boxes

--Darrell Shirlen, of Oakdale Road in Old Fort, on Nov. 22; two chainsaws, a leaf blower and two firearms

-- Cecil Shirley, of Oakdale Road in Old Fort, on Nov. 25; a sewing machine, a leaf blower, a floor jack, an angle grinder, a railroad jack and assorted tools

--Howard Noblitt, of Lavender Road in Old Fort, on Nov. 26, a tandem-axle trailer

--Barry Moss, of Old Fort-Sugar Hill Road in Old Fort, on Nov. 26, eight guns and an arrowhead collection

--Melanie Wilson, of Woodsong Drive in Old Fort, on Nov. 27, a generator and gas

Carver was charged with trying to set fire inside a kitchen cabinet in Moss’s house.

Some of the stolen property has been recovered.

Additional charges are pending.

Carver’s bond was set at $275,000; Brown’s bond was set at $205,000; Buckner’s bond was set at $20,500; and Lowery’s bond was set at $15,000.

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