Mooresville Police officers and the department’s Criminal Investigation Division worked together to link multiple break-ins to two Mooresville residents, leading to their subsequent arrests.
On May 31, officers responded to an alarm at a local business. After reviewing video footage with the business owner, the officers saw two suspects entering the business through the door and removing power tools, leaving the door open behind them. Upon setting up a perimeter to locate the subjects, they found an unoccupied vehicle close to the business containing the power tools that had been taken.
After executing a search warrant on the vehicle, officers found numerous stolen power tools identified as being taken from other local Mooresville businesses. Timothy Dillon West, 28, who had been previously arrested in March and was out on bond for breaking into construction sites, as well as Heather Nicole Readling, 29, were associated with the vehicle.
The Criminal Investigation Division had already begun looking into multiple break-ins at businesses, vehicles parked near those businesses, and at local residences. After the search warrant was executed during the May incident, detectives were able to link Heather Readling to a rented storage unit in Mooresville, and found several thousand dollars in power tools, compressors, and other construction-related items. The detectives have since determined that these tools belonged to businesses in Mooresville, Troutman, and Kannapolis, and were taken during previously reported break-ins dating back to April of this year, totaling approximately $40,000 in stolen property.
Timothy West and Heather Readling were recently charged with breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen property and felony conspiracy. West received a $110,000 dollar secured bond and Readling was given a $53,500 secured bond.