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N.C. pair charged in suspected multi-county theft ring

Two North Carolina men have been charged in connection with what police are calling a theft ring in Halifax County and North Carolina, according to Halifax County Sheriff’s Office records.

Shaquan Henry Goza, 25, of High Rock School Road, Blanch, N.C., and Khalir Jamir Johnson, 21, of Old N.C. Highway, Yanceyville, N.C., each face four felony charges here – two counts of grand larceny and two counts of burglary with intent.

The charges stem from alleged offenses that occurred Sept. 29, 2010, and Sgt. Q.W. Clark served the warrants on both men Thursday.

A task force was formed in April 2011 after numerous reports of burglaries, according to a news release from the Caswell County, N.C. Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s offices in Alamance, Person and Caswell counties joined the task force.

Task force investigators worked together to identify theft cases with similar patterns.

For example, a burglary in Halifax County where witnesses reported seeing a suspicious vehicle led investigators back to Caswell County, N.C. on Sept. 29, according to the release.

The initial arrests of Timothy Lipscomb and Khalir Johnson led to recovered property and the subsequent arrests and charges.

Some of the charges date back to cases in 2009, the release stated.

Items stolen in the suspected theft ring include firearms, TVs, jewelry, computers and video game systems.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, Burlington Police Department, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Person County Sheriff’s Office and Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office — all in North Carolina.

In Virginia, the Danville Police Department, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office joined in the probe.