A Statesville man has been arrested on multiple theft charges after a review of similar investigations between the Statesville Police Department and Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, police said in a news release.
Nicholas Dale Johnson, 25, of North Bost Street, was arrested on felony charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretenses on July 24. He received a $25,000 secured bond after appearing before a magistrate.
Just after 2 a.m. July 5, police checked out an audible alarm at the 76 Gas Station at 935 Salisbury Road, Statesville. Officers saw the front glass of the store had been broken and entered the building to check and see if anyone was still inside, police said. No one was inside the business, police said.
In an initial search of the area, several unopened cartons of cigarettes were found on the ground adjacent to the building, officers stated. Police reviewed security video footage and processed the scene, after which it was determined the suspect had stolen lottery tickets, between 35-40 cartons of cigarettes and a small amount of change.
Around 6:30 a.m. the same day, police said they were notified by the gas station that some of the stolen lottery tickets had been cashed at the Sheetz on Wilkesboro Highway around 5:30 a.m. Police said they obtained security footage from Sheetz of the suspect and his vehicle.
Police department investigators obtained information that was connected to a similar breaking and entering case being investigated by the sheriff's office. The release said the incident occurred at a gas station on Hickory Highway several days before the Statesville incident.
Johnson was suspected of having been involved with both incidents after police compared the case with deputies, authorities said.
Arrest reports show warrants were filed for Johnson’s arrest the same day he was taken into custody.
The sheriff’s office also filed separate charges against Johnson in connection to the Hickory Highway case, police said.
State records indicated that Johnson has a criminal history involving drug possession, assault, larceny, breaking and entering and possessing stolen goods.
The Statesville Police Department stated it “will continue to collaborate and share information with surrounding agencies in order to identify and link individuals and crimes across jurisdictional boundaries…”