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April 9, 2012

Agencies make arrests in B&Es, church vandalism

Anson, Montgomery, Rowan report multiple incidents involving 3 men

Monday, April 9, 2012 — Two individuals are facing multiple burglary and other charges stemming from Montgomery County. The same two men and a third suspect are also facing vandalism charges in Anson County.

According to Montgomery County Sheriff Dempsey Owens Jr., deputies with his department responded to more than 21 breaking and entering calls from Feb. 23 through April 4. All the reports originated from the Twin Harbor on Lake Tillery Community.

Property taken from the residences includes several flat screen TVs, computers, money, jewelry, firearms, alcohol and prescription medicine, according to officials.

On March 29, officers with the China Grove Police Department seized several items matching the descriptions of the stolen items, including a firearm and a laptop. The items were found in the possession of Bryan Matthew Balser, 21, who listed his address with Rowan County Sheriff’s Office as 24783 Austin Road, Albemarle, and Daniel Tyler Huneycutt, 19, of 109 N. Main St., Apt. 6, China Grove.

After further investigation and interviews by Montgomery County detectives, both men were determined to be suspects in approximately 30 break-ins in Twin Harbor.

Both men were arrested recently in Rowan County, where they are currently in custody. Balser was issued a $1.058 million bond, while Huneycutt was issued a $1.01 million bond.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has charged the two individuals with 21 counts of second degree burglary, 15 counts of felony larceny, 15 counts of felony possession of stolen goods/property and three counts of larceny of a firearm.

Balser, Huneycutt and a third suspect were also charged with breaking and entering, larceny, damage to property and burning of a religious building in relation to the Nov. 11, 2011 vandalism of Cedar Hill AME Zion Church in northern Anson County.

The third suspect, who was arrested by Anson County Sheriff’s Office on April 4, was identified as Jacob Andrew Schrimpsher, 18, of Oakboro. He was taken into custody in the Anson County Jail and was issued a $500,000 bond.

“These individuals were our suspects early on in the investigation. We had interviewed them but they denied any involvement and we just didn’t have enough information to make arrests at that time,” Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said.

Allen explained that all three suspects are believed to have been involved in numerous church and business property vandalism throughout Anson, Stanly and Rowan counties.

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