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Elijah Bennett

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Jordan Edward Thomas

Sheriff: Two suspects charged with vehicle break-ins, thefts

Posted at 5:21 PM on Aug 9, 2019

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Two suspects face numerous felony charges related to a string of vehicle break-ins and thefts in the Mooresville area following an investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrests of Elijah Bennett, 17, and Jordan Edward Thomas, 19, both of Monroe, in a news release on Friday.

The ICSO began investigating on Tuesday, August 6, after deputies were dispatched to Rain Shadow Drive and Country Lake Drive after receiving reports of multiple stolen vehicles, Campbell said.

After deputies arrived on the scene, they determined that three vehicles had been stolen, according to the news release. Four others had been broken into with various items reported stolen, Campbell added.

ICSO detectives and Crime Scene Investigation Units responded to the area to assist in the investigation. Witnesses were located, and evidence was collected from the crime scenes.

Detectives were notified later that day that the Monroe Police Department had located one of the stolen. Personnel from both agencies worked together to identify Bennett and Jordan as suspects.

Bennett was arrested on Tuesday in Union County and charged with three counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle. He received a $40,000 bond.

On Wednesday, detectives filed additional charges of felony first-degree burglary, four counts of felony breaking and entering motor vehicle, felony larceny and misdemeanor larceny. These charges are pending service at the Union County Detention Center.

According to the ICSO, Bennett’s criminal history includes the following charges: attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and common law robbery.

Thomas was arrested and charged with three counts of felony larceny of motor vehicle. He was also served in Union County and received a $30,000 bond.

He also faces additional charges of felony first-degree burglary, four counts of felony breaking and entering motor vehicle, felony larceny, and misdemeanor larceny. Those charges are also pending service at the Union County Detention Center.

According to the ICSO, his criminal history includes the following charges: possession stolen motor vehicle, possession stolen goods/property, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, reckless driving/ wanton disregard, breaking and entering motor vehicle, and felony breaking and entering.

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