Home Crime Maxton man charged with stealing $4K in tools from Rockingham Lowe’s

Maxton man charged with stealing $4K in tools from Rockingham Lowe’s

ROCKINGHAM — A Robeson County man in the Richmond County Jail is also facing charges in Scotland County.

The Rockingham Police Department has charged 42-year-old Bobby Edward Grooms Jr., of Maxton, with stealing more than $4,000 worth of tools from Lowe’s Home Improvement on June 26.

According to an arrest warrant, Grooms made off with eight DeWalt tool combo kits worth a total of $4,099.20.

Grooms was arrested July 6 and booked into the Richmond County Jail on two counts of felony larceny where he is being held under a $10,000 secured bond — just on those charges.

Jail records also show a charge of misdemeanor larceny in Richmond County, which carries a $1,000 secured bond, however that charge was not reflected in online court records on July 9.

Online jail and court records show Grooms is also charged with three counts of felony larceny in Scotland County. Jail and court records conflict in the number of counts of misdemeanor charges in that county: court records show one; jail records show three.


Grooms is also facing a felony out-of-county probation violation in Robeson County, records show. He is being held under a combined $57,500 secured bond.

Online court records show Grooms has a pending felony charge in Moore County of larceny by removing, destroying, or deactivating a component of an antishoplifting or inventory control device.

He was scheduled to appear in Scotland County court Thursday and has appearances scheduled for July 22 in Richmond County, Aug. 3 in Robeson County and Aug. 30 in Moore County.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Grooms is on probation, after being given a 24-month suspended sentence April 21 in Scotland County when he was convicted on two counts of larceny over $1,000 and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Grooms’ convictions date back to 1996, with convictions of breaking and entering, larceny, writing worthless checks and burning an uninhabited building through 2010 in Scotland County. He also has been convicted of driving with a revoked license in Scotland and Hoke counties.

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


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