One man is behind bars and another is being sought in connection with multiple crimes in western Rowan County.
Officials say there have been numerous breaking and entering cases in the Cleveland and Mt. Ulla areas. Investigators learned the suspected thieves - who were targeting tools, firearms, electronics, money and other items - were riding in the area on 4-wheelers.
The duo was also doing substantial damage to farmers' crops in the area, according to the official release.
Detectives soon identified Thomas Corbin and Donald Lee Beaver, both 24, as suspects in the cases. Officials say the two were also suspected of using and selling methamphetamine in the area.
Search warrants were then executed on several buildings in the Cleveland and Mt. Ulla area, where stolen property from the break-ins was found and returned to the owners.
On Sunday, deputies found Corbin walking on Amity Hill Road in Cleveland, but say he took off running. After a short foot chase, he was taken into custody. According to the release, he had a concealed weapon, eight grams of meth, plastic bags and digital scales on him.
Corbin was charged with resist delay and obstruct, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession with intent to distribute meth, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, probation violation and failure to appear. Officials say more charges will be filed as the investigation continues. Corbin was taken to jail and put under a $55,000 bond.
Beaver, who is now on the Rowan County Sheriff's Most Wanted List, is still wanted for five counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and larceny.
Beaver is described as a white male, 6' tall and 200 lbs.
Anyone with further information about the crimes or Beaver's location is asked to call SSG Mahaley at 704-216-8711, Det. Kyle Youngo at 704-216-8683, or Det. Travis Allen at 704-216-8715.
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