Iredell County authorities have arrested 10 people in connection with a two-month investigation into alleged burglary and counterfeiting operations.
The man identified by authorities as the central figure in the investigation was captured in a wooded area near Mooresville late last month after eluding police since late spring. Six of those charged in the case are accused by sheriff’s deputies of harboring a fugitive.
Deputies say the case began in May, when authorities were investigating a number of breaking-and-entering incidents at storage lockers in southern Iredell County. Each case involved multiple units and multiple victims, according to investigators.
Authorities say evidence began pointing in the direction of Joshua Andrew Moore, 26, as the suspect. The sheriff’s office took out burglary warrants against Moore, and investigators say he also was charged with failing to register as a sex offender.
Moore learned he was a wanted man, deputies say, and he went into hiding.
“As in the past, Moore recruited friends and associates,” sheriff’s Capt. Rick Eades said. “Some allowed Moore to hide at their home, while others provided aid such as clothes and money.”
Eades said some of those friends misled deputies or withheld information on Moore’s whereabouts.
Investigators eventually determined Moore might be staying with Joseph Ryan Perry, a 27-year-old who lives on Bobby’s Loop near Statesville. But, deputies said, Moore and Perry then began moving from location to location, to avoid arrest.
During the probe, Eades said, Michael and Debra Lamp filed a complaint with deputies, claiming Perry had broken into their home on Serenity Lane near Statesville.
“Unknown to the Lamps, they were already suspects in passing counterfeit bills in Iredell and other counties,” Eades said.
That, Eades added, enabled investigators to link Moore, Perry and the Lamps. Detectives searched the Lamps’ home and said they found counterfeit money and equipment used to make the counterfeit currency.
On June 27, deputies say, they caught up with Moore and Perry, locating them in a wooded area near N.C. 115 and U.S. 21 in Mooresville. Investigators say the two were with a woman, identified as Tonya Lyons.
The N.C. Highway Patrol and Mooresville police joined the effort.
Eades said police took extra care during the search, because family members said Moore had told them he would harm himself before returning to jail. But the three were captured without incident.
Iredell County sheriff Phil Redmond said additional charges are expected in the case.
Joshua Andrew Moore, 26, Statesville – 29 felony counts of breaking and entering; 2 counts of continuing criminal enterprise; 4 counts of felony larceny; 2 counts of felony breaking and entering into a motor vehicle; and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense, possession of stolen goods, failing to register as a sex offender, and possession of counterfeit currency. He was jailed under $600,000 bond.
Joseph Ryan Perry, 27, Statesville – 1 count each of possession of counterfeit currency and continuing criminal enterprise. He also had two non-support warrants and a probation violation, deputies say. $45,000 bond.
Benjamin Michael Bordeaux, 30, Mooresville – 2 counts of continuing criminal enterprise; 1 count each of possession of counterfeit currency and harboring a fugitive. $50,000 bond.
Jamie Lynn Busque, 31, Statesville – 1 count of harboring a fugitive. $10,000 bond.
Daniel Joseph Charlton III, 26, Mooresville – 1 count each of continuing criminal enterprise, harboring a fugitive and possession of drug paraphernalia. $35,000 bond.
Debra Lynn Lamp, 32, Statesville – 2 counts of possession of five or more counterfeit instruments; 1 count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking opium or heroin, possession of marijuana, and obtaining property by false pretense. $220,000 bond.
Michael Connor Lamp, 31, Statesville – 2 counts of possession of five or more counterfeit instruments; 1 count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking opium or heroin, and possession of marijuana. $225,000 bond.
Tonya Michelle Lyons, 31, Statesville – 1 count of harboring a fugitive. $2,000 bond.
Ame Nicole Smart, 31, Statesville – 1 count of harboring a fugitive. $10,000 bond.
Michael Chad Ward, 31, Mooresville – 1 count each of continuing criminal enterprise and harboring a fugitive. $50,000 bond.
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