Home Crime Pair accused of trying to break into Ellerbe DG with stolen truck

Pair accused of trying to break into Ellerbe DG with stolen truck

ROCKINGHAM — A man and woman are facing charges after allegedly trying to break into a retail store with a stolen truck.

Deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office reportedly responded to an alarm at the Dollar General in Ellerbe around 5:07 a.m. April 4.

When they got to the store, deputies “found damage to the back metal doors that appeared to have been caused by a vehicle,” according to a press release issued April 8.

The break-in attempt was reportedly unsuccessful, however deputies were able to identify the suspect vehicle from surveillance video. Another deputy reportedly found a truck matching that description in the parking lot of the IGA grocery store in East Rockingham.

Inside the truck, according to the sheriff’s office, were 27-year-old Nashton Ryan Kranz of Rockingham — currently on probation — and 27-year-old Kimberly Suzanne Parsons of Ellerbe.

The sheriff’s office reports that deputies learned that the truck they were in was stolen before the break-in attempt. The press release does not mention where it was reportedly stolen from.

Both Kranz and Parsons were arrested and charged with attempted breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, injury to real property, and injury to personal property. Parsons was also cited for possession of Xanax, according to the press release.

Kranz is being held in the Richmond County Jail on a $25,000 secured bond.

Parsons was initially given a $20,000 secured bond. However, jail records show she has since been charged with possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises and providing contraband to an inmate. For that, she was given an additional $100,000 secured bond.

Both Kranz and Parsons are scheduled to appear in court April 18.

Online court records show Kranz has misdemeanor drug charges pending in Moore County: possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kranz was charged in October 2023 in connection to a stabbing and drug possession, however, those charges are not currently reflected in online court records. The RO is unsure of the status of those charges at the time of this writing.

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Parsons has a count of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance pending.

Kranz is currently serving a 12-month suspended sentence following a March 15 conviction on misdemeanor charges of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, damage to property and resisting an officer, according to records with the N.C. Department of Adult Correction.

Kranz was initially convicted on two counts of possession with intent to sell a Schedule I controlled substance in April of 2022.

However, it appears his probation was revoked and sentence amended to show: three counts of possession with intent to sell a Schedule IV controlled substance; one count of possession with intent to sell a Schedule I controlled substance; and one count of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

He was released in June 2023 and his parole ended March 4.

Records show Parsons was first convicted in 2014 of shoplifting in Moore County, then in 2021 of felony possession of a schedule VI controlled substance in Richmond County. She received probation in both cases.

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