The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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August 17, 2011

Man pleads guilty to obtaining property by false pretense charge

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 — An Albemarle man arrested in December 2010 pled guilty to a charge of attaining property by false pretense.

Hugh Thomas Huggins appeared in Superior Court Monday where he pled guilty to the charge of obtaining property by false pretense, a charge which could carry a prison sentence of six to eight months. The charge of misdemenor larceny that he faced was dismissed, though.

Superior Court Judge Chris Collier then sentenced Huggins to 24 months supervised probation as a suspended sentence.

As reported in December 2010, Huggins was one of three individuals the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office arrested in December for 2010 for a larceny from Norwood Welding.

According to the report, A.L. Lowder contacted the Sheriff’s Office that Huggins had attempted to sell metal that had unique markings on them.

Upon investigation the metal was determined to have belonged to Norwood Welding, a conclusion that was drawn as a result of the markings.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Norwood Welding, had reported on Dec. 16, the larceny of metal such as steel pipes.

It was determined that during the nighttime hours on Dec. 15 and early morning hours of Dec. 16, the metal items had been removed from the Norwood Welding property.

All the property that was stolen was recovered and returned to Norwood Welding.

During the sentencing, Collier took into consideration that Huggins cooperated with detectives throughout the investigation.

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