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ROCKINGHAM — Two men are accused of stealing property from neighbors on their own streets, and one is a convicted killer who spent nearly half his life in prison.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested Joshua Neal Roberts, 29, of Church Street in the Cordova community after they say he was caught stealing a riding lawnmower, a push mower and an air compressor from a building on Church Street.

Deputies say all stolen items were returned to the owner.

Roberts was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. He was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond.

Deputies also arrested Jimmy Darrell Horne, 50, of Arville Road in Rockingham Friday after they say he stole scrap metal from a building on Arville Road and later sold it at a local scrap yard.

Horne was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was jailed under a $ 2,500 secured bond.

Horne has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1979, including a 1998 second-degree murder conviction in Randolph County.

According to N.C. Division of Adult Correction records, Horne has spent nearly 22 years in prison.

Roberts has previously been convicted of attempted second-degree rape, assault and larceny.

William R. Toler

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