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Father and son arrested for attempted robbery at auction house

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

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A father and son are in jail after authorities say they tried to rob a Catawba County auction house.

Kenneth Elroy Riddle, 36, of 2368 Cindi Lane in Claremont, was charged with attempted larceny. His son, Thomas James Riddle, 18, of 2646 Midnight Drive in Claremont, was charged with first degree trespassing, attempted larceny and possession of schedule three controlled substance (hydrocodone), Capt. Joel Fish with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said,

Fish said that Thomas Riddle jumped the fence at Neal Auction Company, at 2384 Highway 16 South in Newton, early Friday. Kenneth Riddle waited in the car.

When business owner Kevin Neal confronted Thomas Riddle with a gun, the teenager admitted to trying to steal property, Fish said.

Neal stayed with the two until Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers arrived about 12:40 a.m. Friday.

Thomas Riddle’s bond was set at $2,000 and Kenneth Riddle’s bond was set at $500, said Fish. It was unclear if they were still in jail Friday evening.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter; @earriero
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