Suspects charged in Conover thefts

Authorities charged three teens in relation to a breaking and entering and larceny that occurred in Conover Monday.

The Observer News Enterprise first reported Tuesday that three suspects were arrested Monday after being seen breaking into a home near Kelly Court in Conover.

Chad Michael Timothy Robinson, 19, of Hickory; Destiny Julia-Ann Minton, 18, of Claremont; and Samuel John Hull, 17, of Claremont were each charged with breaking and entering and larceny.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said there were multiple other larcenies in the area Monday, but could not attribute them to the three teenagers.

"We haven't put it all together yet, but we suspect about five or six break-ins in that area over the last couple of weeks," Reid said. "(The teens) have only been charged with one break-in, but more charges are pending."

Reid said neighbors on Kelly Court called 9-1-1 Monday when they saw the teens breaking into a residence. After one neighbor tried to block the suspects' car in the driveway, the three teens crashed into the neighbors car and fled the scene.

When an officer stopped the suspects' car near Tri-City Baptist Church on N.C. 16 South, Robinson fled from the vehicle while Minton and Hull were taken into custody.

After sheriff's deputies, state troopers, Conover police and Claremont police set a perimeter around the area behind Wal-Mart and Tri-City Baptist Church, a Conover police officer spotted Robinson running into a wooded area behind the church. Capt. Joel Fish located and arrested Robinson after a manhunt that lasted nearly two hours, Reid said.

Reid said Robinson "has probably been in our jail before."

Other larcenies, occurring at residences 5929 and 5931 Lee Cline Road in Conover, took place in close proximity and time to the one on Kelly Court.

A combined $2,650 in electronics and appliances were stolen from the homes on Lee Cline Road, according to the police report.

Reid said the investigation is ongoing.

Robinson is out of jail after posting a $7,000 bond.

Reid said Minton and Hull remain in Catawba County jail under $5,000 and $4,000 bonds, respectively.

The three teens are expected to appear in court today.

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