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Police: Alert citizen stops crime, leads to arrest of man and a woman with long criminal history

Coursey (Salisbury Police) Coursey (Salisbury Police)
Hawthorne (Source: Salisbury Police) Hawthorne (Source: Salisbury Police)
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

An observant citizen is being given credit by police for stopping a crime in progress in Salisbury early Friday morning.

According to the report, a citizen called police about a white van parked near the Aaron Rentals store on Statesville Boulevard just after midnight.

When officers arrived they found the van, along with Benjamin Hawthorne, 51, and Nicole Coursey, 30.  Coursey is well known to police and had outstanding warrants on other cases.

Officers noted that Coursey had a flashlight, and that there were gloves and a metal pry bar on the floorboard of the van at Coursey's feet.

A tee shirt had been used to cover the license plate, according to the report.

Hawthorne was charged with preparation to commit burglary and was jailed under $10,000 bond.

Coursey was charged with preparation to commit burglary, and also on the warrants for habitual felon and larceny.  Bond was set at a combined total of $32,500.

Coursey has a criminal history that goes back to 2003, with multiple charges for breaking and entering and larceny, as well as drug possession, shoplifting, and prostitution.

Hawthorne's record goes back to 1989 with charges for larceny, assault on female, drug possession, second degree rape, failure to register as a sex offender, and multiple charges for breaking and entering.

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