Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that on Friday October 20, 2017 a report was filled with the Sheriff’s Office for Breaking and Entering to a residence at 109 Top View Ln. Olin. At the time of the report the victim stated his wife and her boyfriend had broken into the residence and taken several household items, including bedroom furniture, kitchen utensils, televisions, gaming systems, and a gun safe with three guns and cash. Deputies spoke with neighbors that had seen Savannah Stahl and a man at the residence loading up the furniture. One of the neighbors stated that Savannah and the man had backed a U-Haul truck up to the front door of the mobile home where they loaded the items.
The victim stated that his wife had been gone from the residence since June 2017 when she moved out. The victim stated that the household items that were taken was marital property. However, the guns that were stored in the safe were given to him as gifts by various family members, and the cash that was stored inside the safe was also given to him personally as a gift.
The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division, where detectives continued the investigation. During the investigation it was learned that Savannah Stahl and Christopher Johnston were indeed the persons who had broken into the single wide mobile home. The victim stated that he had changed the locks on the doors just a few days prior to the break-in. Savannah Stahl and Christopher Johnston admitted that they had been at the residence, and furthermore admitted to taking the bedroom furniture and other household items. However, Stahl and Johnston insisted that they did not remove the safe from the residence.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office attempted to talk with Savannah Stahl and Christopher Johnston about the incident during an interview. However, both Savannah Stahl and Christopher Johnston said that they did not have anything to say about the incident.
Savannah Cheyenne Stahl was taken before a Magistrate and was charged with (1) Count of Breaking & Entering, (1) Count of Larceny after Breaking & Entering, and one Count of Safecracking.
Stahl was given a $15,000.00 Unsecured Bond by Magistrate M. Nethken. Stahl has a pending court date in Statesville District Court.
Christopher Wayne Johnston was taken before a Magistrate and was charged with (1) Count of Breaking & Entering, (1) Count of Larceny after Breaking & Entering, (1) Count of Safe cracking, and (1) Count of Possession of Firearm by convicted Felon.
Johnston was given a $15,000.00 Secured Bond by Magistrate M. Nethken. Johnston also has a pending court date in Statesville District Court.
Johnston has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2007 and has just been placed on Probation in October 26, 2017 for charges in Alexander County of Possession of Controlled Substance in jail and prison. Johnston was sentence to 36 months of probation for this charges.
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