High Shoals Man, Charged with Breaking into Occupied Dwellings, Left His ID Behind

High Shoals Man, Charged with High Shoals Man, Charged with Breaking into Occupied Dwellings, Left His ID Behind

June 23, 2015

Lincolnton, NC – A High Shoals man was arrested Monday night after he broke into an occupied Calloway Road home.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene around 6:15 p.m. Monday concerning a break-in to a residence and arrived to find jewelry and other items scattered on a wooden deck leading to the front door of the home.

The homeowner, who is confined to a wheelchair, told deputies that he was at home alone and had unlocked the front door because his wife was due to arrive home. He went into another room and said he heard the door bell ringing but did not answer it. A few minutes later he went toward the front door and saw a man standing in the front bedroom closet near the front door.

The homeowner, Rodney Allen Putnam, confronted the man who fled out the front door. As he was running the bag he was carrying hit the door and tore open dumping the contents on the deck. A search of the area turned up personal property about 50 yards away just inside a tree line. Included in the property was clothing and a wallet with the Identification of Joshua Ray Murphy, 25, of 229 North Lincoln Street, High Shoals, NC.

A short time later Murphy is accused of entering the home of Lyle Clafin in the 1200 block of Jaclyn Lane, Lincolnton, NC. He was confronted by Mr. Clafin as he entered an unlocked door and fled the scene. Nothing was taken at this residence. Detective Kelly Paris processed the crime scene.

Baker District Patrol deputies searched the area and picked up Murphy a short time later on Salem Church Road. He was then transported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Detective Kelly Paris charged Murphy with two felony counts of Breaking and Entering a Building, and one felony count each of Larceny after Breaking and Entering, and possession of Stolen Goods. He was taken before a magistrate and placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond.

Breaking into Occupied Dwellings, Left His ID Behind