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Four Iredell teens charged in break-ins

November 27, 2014

A newly acquired search tool helped lead authorities to four teenagers believed to be responsible for more than a dozen break-ins.

Bailee Marie Burton, 17, of Chestnut Grove Road, Statesville; Tania Magaly Rodriguez, 17, of East Memorial Highway, Harmony; Tiffany Amber Power, 17, of Wilkesboro Highway; and Justis Benjamin Robinson, 17, of Millsaps Road, Statesville, were each charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering and larceny.

Burton and Rodriguez were also charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and Rodriguez was charged with felony possession of Schedule II, trafficking in opiates and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bond for Rodriguez was set at $275,000; Burton, $125,000; and $75,000 each for Robinson and Power.

Iredell County Sheriff's Office Maj. Darren Campbell, supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Division, said detectives used a search tool called Leads Online and located items reported stolen from several residential break-ins at local GameStop locations, where the items had been sold.

Also, during the same time period, Deputies B.A. Henderson, Ryan Sherrill and Chad Bentley were working the Turnersburg Highway area, searching for a silver Honda Civic, a vehicle that had been spotted on the scene and in the area of serveral break-ins across Iredell County, Campbell said.

Women's clothing, electronics, jewelry and firearms were taken in the break-ins.

Around 2 a.m. on Nov. 21, Henderson saw a four-door silver Honda Civic on Tabor Road and stopped it after observing two traffic violations, Campbell said. The vehicle was identical to the one deputies were looking for in connection with the break-ins, he said.

Sherrill responded to assist on the traffic stop, and both deputies spoke to the driver, Burton. There were three passengers in car. The deputies, Campbell said, saw several electrical components, power cords and television remotes in the car.

The deputies received permission to search the car, and found a black leather purse in the back seat where Rodriguez was seated, Campbell said. Inside the purse was a glass pipe, 122 hydrocodone pills and Xanax, he said.

Inside the trunk, the deputies found several Apple iPads, iPhones and other miscellaneous items they suspected were stolen, Campbell said.

Detective Sgts. Daniel Icard of the CID responded and then relayed information to Detective Sgts. Nathan Speaks and Julie Wyatt about the contents of the vehicle and pictures of the individuals in the car via cell phone. Speaks identified Burton and Rodriguez from the security footage from the GameStop stores.

At the scene, deputies confirmed the black purse containing the narcotics belonged to Rodriguez, Campbell said.

Subsequent interviews led authorities to Power and Robinson, and all four were then charged.

This case is still ongoing and the recovery of additional stolen property is likely.


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