LENOIR COUNTY - Two men are arrested after Lenoir County Sheriff's deputies say they broke into a home, unwrapped the kids' Christmas presents and stole them. It happened Saturday night at a home in the 2600 Block of Pinewood Home Drive in Pink Hill.
Deputies say they were originally called to the area just before midnight for a car break-in. Another homeowner's grandson allegedly saw someone running away from their pick-up truck in the driveway. A short time later, the burglary was reported just down the road when that homeowner came home to find it had been burglarized.
Deputies say the home was heavily vandalized and the woman's children's Christmas presents were opened and the presents stolen. A search of the area located some of the homeowner's personal items left abandoned in a pillow case on her property.
A search of the area on Sunday led deputies to a horse barn in the area at 4345 Rosewood Drive. They found two men who they were told were renting space in the barn. Further investigation also identified some of the stolen property located in the horse barn with the two men.
Deputies arrested Donald Shepard, Jr., 25, or Greensboro and Michael Clark, 23, of Jamesville. The are both charged with one count each of 2nd Degree Burglary, Larceny after B&E, Possession of Stolen Goods, Injure to Building/Fence/Wall, Breaking out of a Dwelling and Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle. Both men are currently in the Lenoir County Jail.