Three Men Charged with Allegedly Stealing a Dump Truck and a String of Recent Vehicle Burglaries in the Landis Area

Posted on September 16, 2016

Captain Hosey, Landis Police Department, Landis, N.C.

♦ Captain Hosey of the Landis Police reports: “Yesterday Landis Police charged Casey Ayala, 17, of Flat Rock Road and Justin Johnson, 17, of Cannon Farm Road, each with 13 counts of breaking and Entering into a motor vehicle, 1 count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, 1 felony count of larceny of financial transaction cards, and several counts of misdemeanor larceny. Today a third man, Christopher Huffman, 20, of Cloverfield Drive, was arrested and faces similar charges.

Ayala and Johnson were each ordered held under a $30,000 secured bond. Huffman’s bond was set at $150,000.

The trio are charged with burglarizing a series of vehicles on the East side of Landis early Wednesday morning. The vehicles were spread across the entire length of Town, beginning near Sprinkler Drive and ending near the Oaks of Landis.

Apparently too exhausted from the burglaries to walk home, the suspects stole a 2015 Freightliner dump truck from the construction site at the Kimball Road underpass, which they parked near Johnson’s residence on Cannon Farm Road.

Police recovered the truck, along with most of the stolen property. At the time of arrest, one of men had the key to the stolen dump truck in his possession.

Every vehicle that was burglarized was unlocked. We kindly remind residents to lock your car doors and not to leave valuables in your vehicles.

Sergeant Young was the investigating officer in this case and pulled it together quickly with support from our patrol officers with the assistance of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Congratulations officers on a job well done!”

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