ROCKINGHAM — Sheriff’s deputies have charged an Ellerbe man in connection with two vehicle thefts and a break-in earlier this month that, all together, netted the thief an estimated $8,000.
Boyce Eugene McDonald Jr., 18, is accused of breaking into a home on Wallace Road in Ellerbe on July 7 and stealing multiple DeWalt power tools, including a cordless drill, an impact drill, two bit sets, a battery charger and two tape measures for a total value of $600, warrants for his arrest show.
The warrants also allege that on Sunday, McDonald stole a black four-wheeler worth an estimated $3,000 and, the following Monday, a white 1996 Chevrolet Silverado worth $5,000. Both vehicles were from the same farm.
A deputy pulled McDonald over Tuesday, suspecting that the vehicle he was driving was stolen, warrants say without mentioning which vehicle McDonald was driving. When ordered to exit the vehicle, McDonald instead remained inside and pulled away from the deputy, attempting to flee, the warrants show.
McDonald is charged with 12 felonies: two counts of larceny, two counts of possession of stolen goods, two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two counts of breaking and entering, and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering.
He also is charged with one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer and two traffic violations for allegedly driving without an operator’s license and fleeing arrest in a motor vehicle.
McDonald also has pending charges of felony larceny of a firearm and felony larceny in Moore County, court records show.
He is being held at the Richmond County Jail in lieu of a $42,500 secured bond. He is to appear in court July 26 on the Richmond County charges and July 31 on the Moore County charges.
Records from the NC Department of Public Safety show that McDonald does not have any prior convictions in North Carolina.
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