Crime & Courts

4 Charlotte men charged with police car burglary in Gastonia

Four Charlotte men have been arrested and charged with the Jan. 23 break-in of a police car in Gastonia and the theft of guns and other law enforcement items.

According to Gastonia police, the suspects broke into a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office car that was parked at a hotel on Remount Road. The sheriff’s deputy was attending a marksmanship seminar sponsored by Gastonia police.

A second patrol car, belonging to the High Point police, also was tampered with, but nothing was stolen from that vehicle, police said.

The suspects were identified as Charles Demetric Nance, 21; Donte Rashad Hill, 22; Roger Daniel Rios, 23; and Isaac Yankson Kargbo, 21.

Among the $6,330 worth of items taken from the Rowan County vehicle were guns and a tactical vest. At the same time, someone broke into a van belonging to a private company and allegedly took $1,830 worth of electrical tools, drills and safety equipment.

Police say some of the items were found later at a dumpster at the Midland Common Apartments, near Wilkinson Boulevard and Ashley Road in west Charlotte.

Police said each suspect was charged with felony conspiracy, two counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, and two counts of larceny. In addition, Kargbo was charged with larceny of a firearm, and Rios was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.