Citizen foils would-be business break-in – Salisbury Post – North Carolina News

Citizen foils would-be business break-in – Salisbury Post –  North Carolina News

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Two people remain in jail after a citizen called and prevented a would-be break-in at a Statesville Boulevard business. Officials say it was with the help of that citizen that they knew about the possible burglary.

Salisbury Police charged Nicole Louise Coursey, 30, of the 700 block of West Horah St., Apt. 3, with felony possession of burglary tools and outstanding warrants for misdemeanor larceny and habitual larceny. She remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $32,500 secured bond.

Benjamin Hawthorne, 51, of the 600 block of West Horah Street, was charged with felony possession of burglary tools. He remains in the jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

Someone called to say they saw two males at Aaron’s, 2141 Statesville Boulevard, Suite C, and it appeared they were going to break in. The caller said the vehicle had its license plate covered with a T-shirt.

Police arrived around 12:30 a.m. and noted there was no sign of forced entry into the building, but there were two people sitting in a white compact van. According to a report, the person the caller thought was a male was actually a woman whom police recognized.

Police found Coursey with a flashlight and a pry bar and gloves in the floorboard of the van.

Hawthorne has been convicted larceny, assault on a female, drug offenses, felony breaking and entering vehicles, attempted second-degree rape, failing to register as a sex offender, receiving stolen goods and other offenses.

Coursey has 18 pending court cases spanning Rowan, Davidson, Iredell and Davie counties. The pending…

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