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Richmond County deputies charge man in tool theft

ROCKINGHAM — A man with more than a dozen pending charges from last year is accused of stealing tools in the early days of 2023.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call Jan. 3 about a larceny on Loch Haven Road.

The homeowner reportedly told deputies that he woke up to an alert on his phone from one of his cameras, which showed someone coming out of his garage.

When the homeowner went to check, he reportedly found that several power tools, a pressure washer and a weed eater were missing.

The report was filed and deputies were later informed that a man had been seen loading a pressure washer onto the back of a truck on Loch Haven Road, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies reportedly found a truck matching the description in East Rockingham and, after speaking with the driver, identified the suspect as 31-year-old Stephen Gregory Williams, of Rockingham. They also found out where the stolen items were.

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Deputies went to a property on Fayetteville Road where they reportedly found the stolen property and Williams.

Williams was arrested and charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond, where he was still being held Jan. 5. Williams is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 19.

Online court records show Williams has multiple pending charges including:

  • 2020 – breaking and entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, financial card theft
  • 2022 – 11 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, two counts of resisting a public officer, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of motor vehicle parts, and multiple traffic violations

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety appear to show Williams has no prior convictions in the state.

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

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