58-year-old man charged with stealing power tools, police say

Jonathan Wayne Merritt (Source: Wayne County Sheriff’s Office)
Jonathan Wayne Merritt (Source: Wayne County Sheriff’s Office)

DUDLEY, N.C. (WNCN) – A 58-year-old man was arrested after officials said he stole an extensive amount of power tools, lawn and garden equipment and a power washer.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division received a report of an incident that occurred at 2121 Arrington Bridge Rd. in Dudley on Aug. 27.

Police say Jonathan Wayne Merritt took from the residence without the knowledge of the property owner.

They say majority of the stolen property has been located at one of the local paWn shops and recovered.

The property was returned by investigators to the homeowner, according to officials.

Merritt was arrested when deputies started investigating a stolen firearm case in which he was the suspect.

He faces charges including one count of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property.

Merritt was placed under a $28,000 secured bond.

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