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Halifax County burglary prompts warning to public

Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Halifax Police Department are reporting thefts of metal and copper and urge area residents to watch out for their neighbors’ property.

In the Town of Halifax, Police Lt. D. D. Irby is investigating a burglary that occurred sometime in the early morning hours Thursday at an uninhabited residence located at 1006 Bethel Road.

According to his report, Irby noticed the back door to the building was open while he was patrolling in the area around 8 a.m. Thursday.

Checking inside and outside the house, Irby said sheetrock had been damaged, a front window was broken, and copper pipes and bath fixtures were missing.

Irby met the owner of the house a short time later and verified that a break-in had occurred.

Damage to the bath fixtures were estimated at approximately $100, and $50 worth of copper wire was reported missing.   He also estimated sheet rock damage to the living room, bath and stairway at $200, and damage to the window at $50.

Irby said he believes the burglary occurred sometime between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Halifax Police Department at 476-2526 or Halifax County Crime Line at 476-8445.

A reward will be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in this burglary, Irby said.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Fred Clark reported a 62-year-old Milton N. C. man faces a charge following a barn break-in.

Deputy W. G. Yancey arrested Linwood McGhee of Sunset Drive on a charge of grand larceny of a tobacco stringer and tobacco racking system from a farm in the southwestern part of the county.

The sheriff said citizens need to be aware of the fact the larceny of metal has increasingly become more prevalent both in this, as well as surrounding areas.

He also expressed appreciation to those citizens who watch out for their neighbors and provide law enforcement officers with information that helps solve these crimes.