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Man accused of stealing from abandoned Richmond County residence

ROCKINGHAM — A man with more than a dozen pending criminal charges was allegedly caught stealing from an abandoned home.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call Tuesday about a truck parked behind an abandoned residence on the south end of Airport Road.

When deputies got to the scene, they reportedly saw the truck — no one inside — with items that appeared to have been taken out of the house.

The deputies reportedly saw that a door was opened and went inside the house where they found 53-year-old Christopher Todd Greene “attempting to hide inside a void in the wall.”

Greene was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $2,500 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 20.

Online court records show Greene has multiple pending charges from last year and this yea including two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance.

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Other charges are: breaking and entering; second-degree trespassing; possession of stolen goods or property; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; obtaining property by false pretenses; forgery of instrument; uttering a forged instrument; larceny of chose in action; possession of a stolen motor vehicle; resisting a public officer; driving while impaired; driving while license revoked.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Greene was first convicted in 1998 on multiple charges in the western region of the state:

  • Watauga County – financial card fraud, cheating for property or services, reckless driving, operating a vehicle with no license, failing to obey police
  • Avery County – possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance

Probation on the drug and fraud charges was revoked, resulting in a 13-month incarceration.

Records show Greene was later convicted in New Hanover County of embezzlement (1995) and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (1996).

Greene has also been convicted of financial card fraud in Union County (2004) and misdemeanor larceny in Richmond County (2010).

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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