Two men face felony charges after entering and taking items from a home that was in the process of being settled as an estate.

Kenneth James Johnson, 56, of Deerfield Lane, Statesville, and Samuel Lee McCray, 44, of Cleveland, were arrested following the incident. Johnson was charged with one count of felony breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny after breaking and entering and one count of first-degree trespassing. He was issued a $15,000 unsecured bond. McCrary was charged with one count of breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny after breaking and entering and one count of first-degree trespassing. He was issued a $10,000 secured bond.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was called to a residence on Deerfield Lane after a reported breaking and entering, Sheriff Darren Campbell said. The person told the detectives her father had recently died and that the home and its contents were his estate, being held until the family could settle all debts. Investigators could find no signs of forced entry and determined whoever entered the house used a key, Campbell states in a release.

Several tools and tires, valued at more than $1,400, were found to be missing. Detectives found several family members may have had keys to the estates, the release states.

In seeking to speak with Johnson, detectives found he was not at home but a lawn aerator listed as one of the stolen items was in his yard. Four truck tires which were also listed as stolen were found at a neighbor’s house, Campbell states. That homeowner said McCrary had left those there, saying they were his and he would return to get them, the report states.

Johnson later was interviewed and admitted the items were from the residence, and gave detectives a number for McCrary, the report states. McCrary claimed the tires were his, but could not provide proof of it. He also stated he had taken a bag of tools from the residence and returned those to the sheriff’s office before being charged, the report states.

McCrary has a criminal history including misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor simple assault, two counts of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of felony common law robbery, two counts of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, along with numerous driving related charges, according to the release.

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