By LISA FARMER
Two Erwin men have been arrested in connection with a rash of break-ins. They face, in total, 80 charges.
Jason Chathman Brickhouse, 41, and Christopher James Prince, 45, both of 3rd Street, are facing charges in connection with three break-ins.
The first incident was reported Feb. 24. It took place at 204 S. Matthews Road at a house under construction where tools were stolen, Erwin Police Lt. Clark Wilkes said.
A second incident was reported March 12 at a construction site at 413 E. Jackson Blvd. operated by Northstar Energy Service. In that incident,19 separate vehicles and utility trailers were broken into and a large assortment of hand tools were stolen, Lt. Wilkes said.
And again March 20 at the same location, 12 vehicles and trailers were broken into and another large assortment of tools were stolen.
Lt. Wilkes said while conducting a follow up on March 20, “We located a large assortment of tools at 1301 Denim Drive in Erwin. They were found to be linked to all three incidents. Once they were recovered and identified by the victims, two suspects were ID’d as the suspects who sold the tools,” Lt. Wilkes said.
In regards to the Northstar incidents, each man faces 31 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two counts each of felony larceny, two counts each of felony possession of stolen goods and two counts each of felony conspiracy to commit breaking and enterings.
In the St. Matthews Road break in, they each face one count of breaking and entering a residence, one count each of larceny after breaking and entering and one count each of felony possession of stolen goods.
Once the Erwin warrants were drawn up, they were served on the suspects who were in the Harnett County Jail on charges they broke into a construction site in the county.
“The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information on these or other break-ins contact me,” said Lt. Wilkes, who can be reached at 910-892-5122.