ROCKINGHAM — A man wanted in Gaston County is facing weapons charges in Richmond County.
A patrol deputy with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Mill Road around 9:48 p.m. Monday, March 13 for an unspecified traffic violation, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
The driver, 34-year-old Thomas Rogers, of Hamlet, reportedly told the deputy he didn’t have a driver’s license, but presented an identification card.
The deputy ran Rogers’ information and learned the driver had an outstanding order for arrest out of Gaston County. The press release does not indicate what those charges are, but jail records show a charge of driving with a revoked license.
While Rogers was getting out of the vehicle, he reportedly told the deputy he had a gun in his pocket that was sliding down.
The deputy recovered the handgun (of an unspecified caliber) and Rogers reportedly admitted that he was a convicted felon.
Rogers was arrested on the OFA and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon.
He was booked into the Richmond County Jail on a combined $27,000 secured bond and his court dates are March 23 on the concealed weapon charge, March 27 on the Gaston charge, and April 20 on the possession charge, jail records show.
Online court records show Rogers has three counts of possession of stolen goods and a count of felony breaking and entering pending in Mecklenburg County from 2022, with a March 28 court appearance.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Rogers has multiple prior convictions in Richmond County:
2006 – misdemeanor larceny
2011 – misdemeanor forgery and uttering
2013 – domestic criminal trespassing, assault on a female (served four months)
2018 – two counts of selling a Schedule I controlled substance
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.