IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. - Six people
are charged with burglary in connection with a burglary ring that spanned three counties including Rowan, Catawba and Iredell.
Deputies in Iredell County said it's one of the biggest busts they've ever made. They believe the people arrested are responsible for breaking into 40 houses.
John Willard Blackwelder, Trisha Maria Nelson, Christian Dean Surrano Catarino, Jessica Noel Brady, Keenan Wade Hildbrand and Enrique Mense Ranseur were all arrested in connection with the burglary ring.
Their arrests come after several tips from people that were called into authorities.
Several law enforcement agencies helped in nabbing the group. Along with Iredell County Sheriff's deputies, Conover police, Mooresville police, Catawba deputies, Wilkes County deputies, Statesville police, Troutman police and Rowan County deputies helped.
Investigators were able to find a majority of the stolen property in a storage unit and also in a hotel in Statesville. Detectives found televisions, jewelry, computers, antiques, coins, guns and other property.
Victims we spoke to were glad to find out about the arrests.
"They took three
TVs, they took my cellphone, my guitar, my amp, jewelry, and my sister's shoes," said Seth Patterson.
Deputies said the total amount of the recovered property is estimated to be worth more than $20,000.
More charges against the group are pending.