Union County deputies have arrested three men in connection with a string of vehicle break-ins and larcenies. Authorities say two of the victims were law enforcement officers from Mecklenburg County.
Investigators say the arrests come after a sergeant noticed that police equipment and riot gear was being sold on a classified website. Authorities determined the equipment had been stolen, and set up a meeting to try to buy the goods, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say 39-year-old William Patrick Curry arrived at the arranged meeting with the stolen police gear. He’s been charged with felony possession of stolen goods.
The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation led to two additional suspects, Joshua Charles Cornell and Matthew Aaron Johnson.
Cornell, 21, faces multiple charges, including breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, larceny and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was being held Friday in the Union County jail under a $32,000 bond.
Johnson, 18, of Indian Trail, also faces multiple charges, including possession of stolen goods, receiving stolen goods, and possession of firearm by convicted felon.
Authorities said additional charges are expected in the case.