Neighbor helps cops catch TV thieves

Quick action by a neighbor helped police arrest two Hickory men who stole a TV from a home in Lincoln County on Wednesday morning.

A neighbor saw two men drive an SUV behind a house in the 1900 block of Pleasant Grove Church Road in Crouse about 11:15 a.m.

He saw the men put a 32-inch flat-screen TV in their vehicle and speed away from the scene.

The neighbor provided Lincoln County law enforcement with information about the vehicle and a suspect description.

Lincolnton police caught the suspects at a traffic stop and found the stolen TV in the Ford Explorer.

Police arrested Jonathan Lamar Jordan, 31, and Walter Villarreal, 23, both of Hickory.

Both were charged with one felony count of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

The men are in Lincoln County's Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, each on a $30,000 secured bond.

"This is the continued cooperation we are having from citizens being observant of their surroundings," said Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter. "It's good to have people that care about their neighbors."