Kenneth James Johnson
Samuel Lee McCrary
Sheriff: Two men charged with stealing property from home of recently deceased man
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Two men face criminal charges after the Iredell County Sheriff's Office investigated the theft of property belonging to the estate of a recently deceased resident.
The ICSO Criminal Investigation Division began investigating after a woman reported property that had belonged to her recently deceased father had been stolen from a home on Deerfield Lane near Statesville, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release.
There were no signs of forced entry, and it appeared to investigators that whoever entered the house had used a key to get inside, according to the news release.
During the investigation, detectives determined several tools and tires with a value of more than $1,400 were missing, Campbell said. Detectives also learned there were family members who may have had keys to the residence.
Detectives went to speak with Kenneth James Johnson, 56, at another home on Deerfield Lane. He was not present, according to the news release, but a lawn aerator that was among the items reported stolen was sitting in his yard.
When detectives went next door to speak with Johnson's neighbor, they located four truck tires that had also been reported stolen in the tall grass at the residence, Campbell said.
The neighbor told detectives that the tires were put there by Samuel Lee McCrary, 44, of Cleveland, according to the news release. McCrary told the neighbor thay the tires were his and asked to leave them there until he could get them, Campbell said.
Detectives later located and interviewed Johnson, who reportedly returned the items he had taken from the residence, according to the news release.
When detectives interviewed McCrary by telephone, he admitted to taking the tires, Campbell said. He said that the tires were his, but he could not produce proof of ownership. McCrary also said he had taken a bag of tools from the residence as well, Campbell said. McCrary returned the bag of tools to the Sheriff’s Office.
Johnson was charged with one count of Felony Breaking and Entering, one count of Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, and one count of First-Degree Trespassing. He was taken before Magistrate Tutterrow, who issued a $15,000 bond.
McCrary was charged with one count of Felony Breaking and Entering, one count of Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, and one count of First-Degree Trespassing. He was taken before Magistrate Imes, who issued a $10,000 bond.
According to the ICSO, McCrary's criminal history includes the following charges: Misdemeanor Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Misdemeanor Larceny, Misdemeanor Simple Assault, two counts of Felony Breaking and Entering, Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Three Counts of Felony Common Law Robbery, Two Counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, along with numerous driving related charges.