The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office arrested one of its most wanted last week after conducting a surveillance operation, Sheriff Darren Campbell said.
On Nov. 7, Campbell said, deputies and detectives were observing a location in eastern Iredell County after developing information on 33-year-old Donald Lee Beaver, who had been frequenting the area on a four-wheeler.
Beaver, Campbell said, had 23 outstanding arrest warrants, along with probation violations. He said Beaver considered one of the most wanted suspects.
Deputies got additional information during the investigation that Beaver, of Hamilton Road, Troutman, was staying in a barn on Loggerhead Road in Statesville. Reports indicate he was arrested in the 300 block of Loggerhead Road.
Campbell said deputies went to the barn and found Beaver hiding in it, taking him into custody after a brief struggle. Beaver was found with two four-wheelers that had previously been stolen, Campbell said.
He estimated the value of the stolen vehicles at around $6,500.
Beaver was charged with felony larceny, two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of possession of stolen goods and 16 probation violations.
He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of larceny, two counts of resisting arrest and failure to appear in court.
Beaver initially received a $376,000 secured bond. Arrest reports indicated he was charged Tuesday with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and received an additional $15,000 secured bond, increasing his bond amount to $391,000.
Campbell said Beaver has a criminal history involving possession of drug paraphernalia, assault, trespassing, communicating threats, larceny, resisting arrest, and breaking and entering.
Beaver is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 27.