ROWAN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - One man is in custody and another man is being sought in connection to a methamphetamine and theft ring in Rowan County, according to the sheriff's office.
The investigation began after numerous complaints concerning larceny and breaking and entering cases in the Cleveland and Mt. Ulla areas of western Rowan County.
The two suspects, identified as Donald Lee Beaver, 24, and Thomas Corbin, 24, were reportedly riding in the area on four-wheelers and stealing power tools, firearms, electronics, cash, and other items.
Detectives said the two suspects were also causing substantial damage to farmers' crops in the area with their four-wheelers. They identified Beaver and Corbin as the suspects in these crimes.
Both Beaver and Corbin were also suspected in using and selling methamphetamine and other drugs, in addition to the larceny related crimes, according to detectives.
Corbin was taken into custody Sunday night, July 8 following a short foot chase on Amity Hill Road in Cleveland. He was found with approximately eight grams of crystal methamphetamine and a concealed weapon on him, detectives said. Corbin has been charged with resist delay and obstruct, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell/distribute schedule II meth, possession of stolen motor vehicle, and probation violation and failure to appear.
Detectives said Beaver is still on the run. Arrest warrants have been obtained for five counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of stolen property. He is thought to be in the Cleveland and Mt. Ulla areas of western Rowan County.
Anyone with information is asked to call SSG Mahaley at (704) 216-8711.