Coats Man Nabbed On Burglaries



Of The Record Staff

A man wanted in Harnett County on burglary-related charges stemming from a domestic incident was taken into custody by deputies from Sampson County after he allegedly forced his way into a residence.

Anthony Lafayette McKinney Jr., 22, of Coats is suspected of breaking into a Newton Grove home and stealing a motor vehicle parked at the residence.

The latest incident involving Mr. McKinney took place at a Warren Mill Road residence on June 14.

According to a Sampson County Sheriff’s Office report, Mr. McKinney broke the outside and inside front doors of the residence sometime overnight. Before leaving, he is accused of taking a Chevrolet crew cab flat bed truck.

“Officers responded to a larceny at a residence on Warren Mill Road on June 14,” Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Marcus Smith said. “The victim reported a truck and several items that were inside the vehicle missing.”

Additional items taken included an iPhone 6, an assortment of power and hand tools and $200 in cash making the total haul worth more than $34,000. Damage to the residence totaled over $200, according to the report.

The suspect was arrested after the stolen vehicle was recovered at a different location.

“During the investigation the vehicle was recovered at a location inside Johnston County,” Lt. Smith said. “Enough probable See Burglaries, Page 3

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cause was established to charge the suspect in connection with the larceny.”

Mr. McKinney now faces one count each of burglary-forcible entry, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.

He was given a $200,000 secured bond and jailed in the Sampson County Detention Center.

Mr. McKinney was also served with a warrant from Harnett County on four additional charges, according to the arrest report.

He was being sought by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office for a May 16 incident. He is accused of forcing his way into his mother’s house while it was occupied and taking several items.

Mr. McKinney was charged with one count of felony burglaryforcible entry and larceny after breaking and entering. He was also charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and interfering with emergency communications in a Harnett County Magistrate Court in Lillington.

He was given an additional $100,000 secured bond and returned to Sampson County.



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