Second arrested in attempted robbery
Authorities have sought Boyce Dean Travis, 34, of Maiden, since he was spotted trying to break into an elderly woman’s home on Sept. 17.
Travis and his nephew, Brandon Lee Yarborough, 19, of Maiden, tried to break into the residence around 6:35 a.m. Sept. 17 but did not gain entry, police said.
When the men returned to their car outside the house, a neighbor called police and reported the suspicious activity, police said.
Upon arrival, Maiden Police Officer Ptl. Stikeleather located a small gold-colored vehicle with two white men inside.
Travis, who was driving the car, immediately left the vehicle, but Stikeleather was able to detain Yarborough before he could get away, said Maiden Police Chief Tracy Ledford.
Yarborough was charged with attempted first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of burglary tools.
At the scene, officers found burglary items, including crowbars, screwdrivers and flashlights. Officers also found the telephone line to the residence cut, and the back door of the house showed “fresh marks from pry tools,” according to a press release from police.
After searching for Travis for weeks, Maiden police received information that Travis had been spotted in a vehicle headed toward the town from the Lincoln County area. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Island Ford Road but the vehicle drove to the Food Lion parking lot where officers executed a “high-risk” vehicle stop and arrested Travis without resistance, according to a press release.
Travis was transported to the Catawba County Detention Center where he is held on a $25,000 secured bond. He is charged with attempted first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of burglary tools.