Monday, 02 August 2021 17:05

Hamlet Police reportedly find stolen lawnmower, meth following concerned call

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HAMLET — Police say a tip about suspicious sellers led to the discovery of stolen items and meth.

A concerned resident reportedly called the Hamlet Police Department early Monday to report that two men had tried to sell a lawnmower in brand new packaging.

When officers investigated, they say that 31-year-old Frederick Warren Loftis and 47-year-old Daniel Young were cooperative.

However, police discovered that the push-mower had been stolen from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Rockingham.

Officers also found an unspecified amount of methamphetamine, as well as both Schedule III and Schedule IV narcotics on Loftis.

Both men were charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods.

Loftis was also charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and additional misdemeanor charges of: possession of drug paraphernalia; simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance; and simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Young was also served with outstanding warrants for two counts of misdemeanor larceny from Lowe’s, according to police.

Young was released on a $1,000 secured bond and Loftis is still being held on a $10,000 secured bond.

Hamlet Police Chief Dennis Brown said this case was a good example of cooperation between the community and the police in solving a crime, and he encourages more residents to call in tips and report suspicious activity.

“To address these issues, we’re going to have to do it together,” Brown said.

Online court records show both men currently have pending traffic infractions.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show both Young and Loftis have previous felony convictions.

Young was first convicted in 1993 of breaking and entering and crime against nature, serving more than six years behind bars on consecutive sentences for each charge.

Less than two years after his release, Young was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia.

In 2004, Young was convicted of several misdemeanors, including driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license and resisting an officer.

He also has a 2006 DWI conviction in Scotland County and a 2010 conviction in Montgomery County for giving fictitious information to an officer.

Loftis is currently serving a 12-month suspended sentence following a May 24 conviction on charges of possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

In 2017, Loftis was convicted of possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance.

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