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Man facing B&E, larceny charges in Richmond, Scotland counties

ROCKINGHAM — A man is currently being held on criminal charges in two neighboring counties.

Records show 53-year-old Russell Lear Hatchell was booked into the Richmond County Jail at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday, July 6.

Hatchell is charged with misdemeanor larceny and injury to real property in Richmond County, jail records show.

He is also being held on two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and failure to appear on a misdemeanor out of Scotland County.

His combined bond is $27,500 and he has court dates of July 13 and 26 in Scotland County and July 29 on the Richmond County charges.

Online court records show Hatchell has pending charges in Richmond County of possession of stolen goods and injury to real property, as well as driving with a revoked license, having an open container of alcohol and having a fictitious title, registration card or tag.

Hatchell also has a pending misdemeanor larceny charge in Scotland County.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety show Hatchell has a criminal record dating back 30 years.

Hatchell was first convicted in 1992 of driving while imparied and driving without a license in Richmond County.

Two years later, he was convicted of another DWI and driving with a revoked license in Brunswick County.


In 1998, Hatchell was convicted of driving with a revoked license and selling a Schedule III controlled substance. His probation was revoked in Jaunary the following year (and the selling charge appears to have been changed to possession with intent to sell a controlled substance) resulting in a two-month incarceration.

Hatchell went back to prison from March to July of 2001 after being convicted of two counts of felony breaking and entering and one count of driving while impaired and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance in Richmond County; second-degree trespassing, misdemeanor larceny and driving with a revoked license in Columbus County; and driving with a revoked license in Brunswick County.

Later that year, Hatchell was convicted on a felony cheating charge and initially given probation — which was revoked a month later, landing him behind bars for another 14 months.

His most recent conviction was in 2005 for misdemeanor breaking and entering.

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

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