Travis Cole Mosher
Sheriff: Suspect faces more than a dozen charges after joy-riding spree
FROM STAFF REPORTS
A South Iredell man faces more than a dozen charges related to the theft of multiple motor vehicles and jet skis during a four-day period at te end of July, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
The ICSO began receiving reports of motor vehicle break-ins and larcenies of motor vehicles on July 27, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release.
The initial report was for a stolen vehicle from Isle of Pines Road in Mooresville, which was later recovered off of Brick Kiln Way in Mooresville. Around the same time, calls came reporing jet skis being stolen from community marinas at Cove Creek Loop off Isle of Pines Road and across the cove at Squam Court.
Deputies also responded to a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle in progress on Poplis Road off of Brawley School Road.
Once on scene, deputies determined the suspect had jumped and ran from the stolen car found at the end of Poplis Road in the cul-de-sac, according to the news release. The vehicle was abandoned with the keys still in it.
A K9 Officer responded to the scene and began tracking the suspect, Campbell said. The track led deputies to a maintenance building belonging to Trump National Golf Club.
Deputies searched the area and located another vehicle with its parking lights on and keys inside in a wooded area near the maintenance building, the sheriff said. It was quickly determined this vehicle belonged to Trump National Golf Club.
As deputies continued to search, the discovered the gate to the maintenance building and a window to the building had been pried open.
On Sunday, July 30, another vehcle was reported stolen from Easton Drive in the Point, according to the news release.That vehicle was later recovered a short distance away at the intersection of Jeremy Point Place and Poplis Drive, the same area where the vehicles were stolen from the night before.
During the investigation, detectives interviewed multiple victims and witnesses about possible suspects.
Detectives learned about a suspect named "Travis," who lived in the area where the crimes had occurred, Campbell said. Detective Patrick Irwin and Detective Donald Clodfelter located a witness who admitted riding in one of the stolen vehicles without knowing it was stolen.
This witness and others all indicated Travis Cole Mosher, 17, of Brick Kiln Way, Mooresville, had been driving the stolen vehicles, Campbell said.
As additional witnesses were located, new evidence was found that linked Mosher to boat break-ins and stolen jet skis in the area of Milford Circle.
Indications were Mosher would take cars and jet skis for joy rides, Campbell said. He is also accused of setting off fire extinguishers while out at night.
Mosher was located and interviewed by detectives on August 2, according to the news release.
Mosher was then arrested and charged with five counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of breaking and entering to a building, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.
He transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he received a $40,000 bond.