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Maryland man arrested for break-ins in Iredell County

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STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office has drawn warrants on a man in custody in Maryland for breaking into several homes in North Iredell.

Iredell County Sheriff Phil Redmond said that Joel Lee Knauer of Kingsville, Md., was arrested near Baltimore, Maryland, on five counts of breaking and entering, four counts of larceny after breaking and entering and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon as well as misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense, according to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to a residence on Jennings Road around 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 when a homeowner arrived home to find someone had broken into the home and was still inside.
The suspect fled prior to the arrival of deputies.

Detective Sgt. Scott Hall was assigned to investigate and he began checking local gold shops.
It was discovered that Knauer had sold some items at a local gold shop and those items were linked to several residential break-ins in northern Iredell County, including the Oct. 4 incident, Redmond said.

Detectives were able to connect to eight other residential break-ins, he said.
Knauer is a convicted felon and weapons were stolen in two of the break-ins, Redmond said.
Knauer fled to Maryland, where he was arrested earlier this week.

As a result of the investigation by Iredell deputies, Maryland officials were able to charge Knauer in several cases. He is being held on two counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of fourth-degree burglary, one count of theft over $1,000 and two counts of theft over $10,000 in Maryland.

He will face extradition back to North Carolina when the proceedings are finished in Maryland.

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