3 arrested after traffic stop

A routine traffic stop resulted in three arrests Thursday when a sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle for running a stop sign.

A Catawba County sheriff's deputy was doing a property check in Newton about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid. The deputy saw a 1994 Honda Accord run a stop sign, and he noticed the vehicle's license plate was obscured.

The deputy signaled for the vehicle to pull off the road at the 1000 block of Merrywood Drive in Newton. The vehicle had several tools hanging from the trunk of the car. The deputy questioned the driver, Travis Dean Harold, 30, of Newton, about where he received the items stored in his trunk.

"(The deputy) got a suspicious answer as to where he might have gotten the items," Reid said. "(Harold) said he got the items from his aunt."

Also in the vehicle with Harold were Victor Scott Pressley, 32, of Newton and Alicia Ann Milburn, 28, of Newton.

The sheriff's office contacted Janet Brackett, 68, of Newton, who is the owner of the property found in Harold's vehicle.

Reid said Brackett told police she left her house about 3 a.m. Thursday to drive someone to work, and she didn't give permission for the three suspects to enter her house.

Police found a cracked wooden door frame on Brackett's property, where they believe the suspects forced open the door to enter her home.

Deputies returned Brackett's property to her, and are awaiting an inventory of the property to determine how much was stolen.

Reid said Harold, Pressley and Milburn are acquaintances. Dean and Milburn listed the same address as their residence on their arrest reports.

Harold, Pressley and Milburn were charged with breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and larceny after breaking and entering.

They were transported to Catawba County jail under $25,000 secured bonds, each.