Crime & Courts

2 from Stanly County charged in business theft

Two Stanly County residents have been charged with breaking into a business and then selling stolen goods, according to the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the suspects has also been charged with a pair of business break-ins in which coin machines were the target.

Stasha Mclain, 40, and Joshua Mclain, 22, were arrested late last month in Cabarrus County after a joint investigation by the sheriff’s offices in Cabarrus and Stanly counties, authorities said.

Investigators allege that the two broke into Fiber Composites in New London on April 27 or 28 and took a number of wire and cable products. Authorities said the items then were sold at metal recycling businesses in Stanly and Cabarrus counties.

The two were arrested April 29 in Cabarrus County. It is not clear if they are related.

Stasha Mclain was charged with embezzlement, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, and felony larceny.

Joshua Mclain was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, and felony larceny.

Stasha Mclain was jailed in Cabarrus County under $30,000 bond. Joshua Mclain was jailed under $40,000 bond.

While in jail, Joshua Mclain also was served with warrants for a pair of break-ins April 6 in northern Stanly County, the sheriff’s office said.

He is accused of breaking into B.B. Oil Inc. on N.C. 49 and the Richfield Car Wash on West Church Street. In each case, coin machines were damaged and money taken, according to investigators.

In those cases, he was charged with three counts each of breaking and entering a coin-operated machine, and damaging or destroying a coin-operated machine. He also was charged with one misdemeanor count of larceny.