Huntersville man caught after 3 1/2-week search

07/21/2014 12:32 PM

07/21/2014 12:47 PM

Iredell County sheriff’s deputies said they have caught a Huntersville man who they said was on the run for more than three weeks.

The sheriff’s office said police detectives from Cornelius and Huntersville helped them find and arrest Douglas Richard Kraus, 25, last Friday. He was charged with felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny and injury to personal property.

Catching Kraus, who is accused of stealing landscaping decorations, proved to be quite a task for deputies.

The sheriff’s office said it obtained warrants for Kraus on June 24, but investigators said the suspect evaded them for weeks. Authorities said they are investigating whether additional charges might be filed in the case against anyone who might have harbored Kraus.

Deputies said they received reports in May that someone had taken landscaping lights and other decorative items from a community off Perth Road near Mooresville. Four additional reports of thefts were received in June from communities near Mooresville, deputies said.

Investigators said the suspect did not attract attention because he dressed like a maintenance worker and operated in the midst of landscaping crews. Authorities said they eventually identified Kraus as a suspect. In late June, detectives went to Kraus’ residence and found the white truck he was reported to have driven, but Kraus was not there.

That started the search that ended late last week, authorities said.

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