MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) -- Deputies say what started as a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of four people accused of stealing more than $74,000 in property in McDowell County.
David Lee Carver, 22, Brandon Kyle Brown, 36, Rebecca Jean Buckner, 43, and Bradley Jordan Lowery, 32, face multiple break-in and larceny charges.
According to McDowell County deputies, on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 27, officers responded to a reckless driving call involving a pickup truck along Sugar Hill Road. During this incident, deputies say found the truck bed was loaded with tools.
Authorities say they seized 1.2 grams of marijuana and a couple of guns. However, authorities say they had no proof at the time that any of the tools were stolen.
Deputies say Carver, Brown, and Buckner were cited for the drugs and released.
Then, on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 27, the sheriff's office says Old Fort police stopped the truck for traffic violations and found 4.63 ounces of marijuana and a stolen shotgun. The suspects were jailed at that time on felony drug and weapons charges.
The next day, deputies responded to an assault call at a home along U.S. 70 East, where detectives say they found property that had been reported stolen during a three-month break-in spree in Old Fort.
Authorities say further investigation into the stolen goods led them back to Carver, Brown, Buckner and Lowery.
All four were charged, in part or in whole, with stealing more than $74,000 worth of property, including a tractor, power tools, guns, computers, TVs, and generators.
Carver was charged with the following:
Brown was charged with the following:
Buckner was charged with two counts each of breaking and entering and larceny. Lowery was charged with two counts of larceny and one count of breaking and entering.
Carver, Brown and Buckner were also charged with possession of marijuana.
Deputies say some of the stolen property has been recovered, and additional charges are pending.