Officials arrested two Catawba teens for their alleged role in a number of vehicle break-ins Thursday morning.
Cody Ray Rice, 19, of Newton, and Jacob Andrew Roles, 17, of Hickory, each face a number of charges, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
A passing motorist saw a man with a flashlight in the parking lot of Jerry’s Body Shop and Used Cars on Smokey Dan Kennel Road, and the man crouched behind a vehicle as the motorist drove past, officials said.
The motorist returned to the business to check on the man, who ran into the woods behind the body shop when the motorist pulled in the drive, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
The motorist also reported that a brown pickup truck parked at a nearby supermarket left the lot at a high rate of speed, headed into Catawba County, officials said. noting a check of the lot at Jerry’s Body Shop revealed the driver’s side windows had been broken out of three vehicles.
Deputies with Lincoln and Catawba County checked the area for the vehicle, which was found on Hoyle Road, officials said. The driver, Roles, was detained and the vehicle impounded. While deputies spoke with the residents where the vehicle was found, Roles slipped out of the handcuffs, opened the door of the patrol car and ran, deputies said.
Both Rice and Roles were later apprehended and brought in for questioning.
Rice was charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, one count of conspiracy and misdemeanor larceny, officials said. He’s being held at Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond.
Roles is also charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, one count of conspiracy and misdemeanor resist, delay and obstruct a public officer and two misdemeanor counts of larceny, officials said. He’s being held at the detention center under a $18,000 secured bond.