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Two men arrested in Iredell County after a short chase were found to be responsible for break-ins in at least three counties, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. the Iredell County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a possible breaking and entering that had just occurred on West Memorial Hwy in Harmony.
Deputies responded to the area and spoke with a witness who gave them a description of the man and vehicle they had seen.
A short time later, a Sergeant with the Iredell County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit saw the vehicle traveling south on I-77 from the area and pulled it over, the report states.
Trishtan Philimon Johnson, 24, of Charlotte, was identified as the driver after he provided his driver's license, which the officer ran through D.C.I. The check showed that Johnson was wanted by Florence County Sheriff's Office and entered NCIC as a wanted person.
Johnson then sped off from the scene, officials said.
As he was following Johnson, the Sergeant saw the passenger, later identified as Miquan Limik Smith, 25, of Iron Station, throw a black bag from the passenger side window. Detectives responded to the location and found the bag, which contained 2 stolen guns taken in a breaking and entering off Tatum Rd. as well as items from a home in Davie County.
A short time later, Johnson was stopped off Knox Street in Statesville, but not before Smith jumped and ran from the vehicle. K-9 Units were called, and Smith was located in an apartment complex nearby.
Detectives seized the suspect vehicle and were able to obtain a search warrant for it. After execution of the search warrant, other stolen property was recovered, linking the suspects to the break-in on West Memorial Hwy, as well as in Davie and Alexander Counties, the report states.
After further follow up, the A.C.E. team and detectives were able to locate more stolen property behind a residence off Knox Street in Statesville. During this time, homeowners off Tatum Rd. in Harmony arrived home and found that the residence had been broken into. Property located behind the residence was linked to that break-in as well.
Sheriff's Detectives were able to recover an assortment of jewelry, 3 handguns, and electronics all valued in excess of $5000.
Smith was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, and possession of firearm by felon.
He is being held at the Iredell County Jail under an $80,000 bond. Further charges are expected from neighboring counties, deputies say.
Johnson was also charged with two counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm as well as fugitive warrant.
He is being held in Iredell County Jail under a $130,000 bond. Same as Smith, more charges are expected from neighboring counties.