The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

An adult and a teen were arrested in the city and six suspects remain at large after the group broke into two Albemarle buildings while traveling in a stolen van.

A high-speed chase, a foot pursuit, a crashed vehicle and tazer enforcement led to both arrests shortly after the suspects were spotted a few hours before dawn Tuesday in Albemarle.

The men arrested, Tyrone Cordelro Wall, 19, of Washington Lane, Albemarle and a 16-year-old male from Charlotte were involved in a string of unlawful acts that morning.

Those acts include, among other crimes, breaking into not only Blue Bay but the Employment Security Commission (ESC) building as well.

At 2:26 a.m. two Stanly County Sheriff’s Deputies saw several suspicious suspects and a van parked between the Blue Bay restaurant on U.S. 52 and the Employment Security Commission building in Albemarle, according to police reports.

Albemarle Police investigations determined the van was stolen from Kleen Kar Sales on U.S. 52 in the city.

Seats were ripped from the van and left in the parking lot and a 2005 Dodge Stratus, owned by the ESC, was heavily damaged when the suspects attempted to steal it.

While inside Blue Bay the suspects allegedly broke into several coin-operated machines as well.

The stolen van was seen parked between Blue Bay and ESC, but sped off, when the deputy pulled into the parking lot.

The vehicle pulled out, turned abruptly and cut through the grass before exiting onto U.S. 52 toward the North East Connector.

After making its way down the connector, the van turned onto Moss Springs Road and proceeded to Leonard Avenue.

From there it entered the Amhurst area and drove behind an apartment complex.

At that point two suspects jumped clear of the vehicle and fled on foot and were apprehended with the help of deputies’ tazers.

The van, still full of suspects, continued a short distance before hitting a clothes-line post on Griggs Street.

After the collision the remaining occupants jumped out of the van and ran.

Of the two apprehended suspects, one was pursued by a deputy on foot while the other was pursued by a deputy in his patrol car.

In both instances, the suspects relented after seeing the tazers’ laser sights trained on them.

“That just goes to show you how effective the tazer is as a tool for law enforcement,” Sheriff Tony Frick said.

“A lot of times just seeing that laser sighted on them will cause a suspect to think twice.

“That kind of enforcement is safer for the officers and safer for suspects they may come in contact with.”

From Albemarle police, both men face charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering coin-operated machines, attempted larceny of a motor vehicle, damage to property, possession of burglary tools.

The Sheriff’s office is charging them with resist delay and obstruct an officer.

Both men are being held in the Stanly County Jail under $30,000 bond each.

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