Friday, 23 October 2020 20:02

Richmond County Sheriff's Office charges man in copper theft

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HAMLET — A man already facing drug charges was recently charged in a theft from two months earlier.

According to an arrest warrant, 23-year-old Camron Allen Miles, of McDonald Avenue, broke into Cross Creek Metals on Battley Dairy Road on Aug. 20 and stole 200 pounds of copper wiring.

Miles was served with a warrant Oct. 20, charging him with one felony count each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. He was given a $10,000 secured bond.

Jail records show Miles has been in the Richmond County Jail more than on meth charges.

According to the Hamlet Police Department, Mile was driving without headlights down U.S. 74 Business just after midnight Sept. 17. An officer reportedly initiated a traffic stop after Miles turned onto N.C. 38.

During the stop, the officer found 32 grams of meth, a small amount of marijuana, scales and needles. According to N.C. law, possessing 28 grams or more of meth constitutes trafficking.

Miles was arrested and charged with one felony count of trafficking in methamphetamine; and one misdemeanor count each of possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was given a $75,000 secured bond on those charges and his next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Online court records show Miles has several other pending charges: possession of heroin; possession of a Schedule I controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance; possession of a gun with an altered serial number; two counts simple possession of a Schedule III controlled substance; simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or motor vehicle; injury to personal property; carrying a concealed gun; shoplifting or concealment of goods; resisting a public officer; second-degree trespassing; and discharging a firearm in the city limits of Rockingham.

Records show Miles also has several pending charges dating back to 2018 including two counts of injury to real property, two counts of felony breaking and entering, one felony count of larceny after breaking and entering, and misdemeanor larceny.

He also has several pending traffic-related charges.

Miles already has larceny convictions in two neighboring counties, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

In 2016, he was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor larceny in Anson County and one count in Moore County.

He received probation in both cases.

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

NOTE: An earlier version of this story attributed the latest arrest to the Hamlet Police Department. 



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