Pictured above: Nicholas Dale Johnson – Picture courtesy of Statesville Police Department
On July 5, 2019 just after 2am, Statesville PD Officers were dispatched to an audible alarm at the 76 Gas Station located at 935 Salisbury Rd, Statesville. Upon arrival, officers observed the front glass of the business had been broken and entered the building to clear it, however the suspect had already left the scene.
During an initial canvas of the area, officers located several unopened cartons of cigarettes that were on the ground adjacent to the building. After reviewing security footage and processing the scene, it was determined the suspect, a white male, had stolen lottery tickets, around 35-40 cartons of cigarettes and a small amount of change.
Around 6:30am, the gas station contacted Statesville PD with information that some of the stolen lottery tickets had been cashed at Sheetz on Wilkesboro Hwy around 5:30am. Officers obtained security footage from Sheetz of the suspect and the vehicle he left in.
The case was assigned to SPD Investigator A. Killian. During the course of the investigation, Killian obtained information that was connected to a similar breaking and entering case under investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office which occurred at a gas station on Hickory Hwy several days prior to the SPD incident.
Killian contacted ICSO Investigations with information that she had obtained and, after comparing the two cases with ICSO Investigator Irwin, it was determined the suspect, identified as Nicholas Dale Johnson, 25 of N Bost St Statesville, was involved in both incidents.
Charges were obtained on Johnson for Breaking & Entering (F), Larceny after Breaking & Entering (F) and Obtaining Property by False Pretense. Johnson was served with the warrants on 7/24/19 and received a $25,000 bond for the Statesville PD charges. ICSO also filed separate charges on Johnson in connection to their Hickory Hwy case.
Statesville PD will continue to collaborate and share information with surrounding agencies in order to identify and link individuals and crimes across jurisdictional boundaries; Working together to reduce crime in our communities!
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