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Two arrested in grocery break-in

SoVaNow.com / May 29, 2013
A man and a juvenile were arrested early Thursday for allegedly breaking into F.V. Jones Store and Hall’s Grocery in Blackridge, according to a statement issued by Mecklenburg Sheriff Bobby Hawkins.

Charged with attempted breaking and entering, breaking and entering and grand larceny were Matthew Carley, 21, of La Crosse and a male juvenile, 17, from Brodnax.

Deputy Travis Baisey and Sergeant Brent Evans arrived at the scene of the alleged breaking and entering shortly after receiving a call from the store’s alarm company. While inspecting the site, Evans reported that he “noticed the glass from the door had been damaged and removed.” He and Baisey also discovered damage to the door at the entrance of the J.B. Jones Store.

During a search of the surrounding area, the two saw “a suspicious vehicle parked in the vicinity of the store,” according to the report. When the owner of Hall’s Grocery arrived at the scene, they were able to verify that, in fact, the car was illegally parked.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s K-9 unit was called in to conduct a search of the surrounding properties. However, before that search was complete a neighbor notified the deputies after seeing two males nearby. The two suspects were apprehended a short distance from the scene and arrested.

Carley is currently being held in the Meherrin Regional Jail under no bond pending advisement. The 17-year-old juvenile was put on restrictions and electronic monitoring, then released to his parents.

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