Man pleads for cell phone store break-in

By Terri Flagg -

The last case in North Carolina for a Greensboro man allegedly part of a theft ring targeting cell phone stores in several counties was disposed Wednesday in Surry County Superior Court.

Antwon Bernard Richardson, 26, pleaded guilty by Alfred decision to lesser charges of attempted breaking and entering and attempted larceny as part of a plea arrangement.

Richardson was originally charged with breaking and entering and larceny, class H felonies, after he was tied to an April 2014 break-in at the U.S. Cellular store on Andy Griffith Parkway in Mount Airy.

In that incident, the front glass of the store had been broken out and enough Apple products stolen to fill a couple of garbage bags, with the damages and theft totaling $30,000 to $35,000.

Two witnesses saw two men leaving the store carrying large bags and took a photograph of the license plate on the vehicle, which was registered to Richardson.

“It was a highly organized and particular m.o. in this case,” said Mark Miller, assistant district attorney, while relaying the case’s factual basis to the judge.

Richardson was charged in multiple jurisdictions and is currently serving time for breaking into a U.S. Cellular store in a different county.

While this was the last of the North Carolina charges, Richardson still faces potential charges in Virginia, allegedly part of the same spree.

Richardson was sentenced to 6 to 17 months in the NC Department of Adult Corrections, to be served at the expiration of his current sentence.

In other unrelated action in the court, orders for arrest were issued for the following defendants who failed to appear in Superior Court:

Jesus Martinez-Estrada, 58, of Red Hill Creek Road, Dobson, charged with 11 counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, conspiring to traffic in methamphetamine, five counts of maintaining a drug house, two counts of selling or delivering a schedule II controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, five counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

Nathan Eugene Warden, 24, of Left Fork Road, Elkin, charged with two counts of safe cracking, four counts of breaking and entering, three counts of felony larceny, two counts of possession of stolen goods, two counts of possession of burglary tools, three counts of misdemeanor injury to real property and three counts of conspiring to break and enter.

Brandon Lee Bauguess, 36, of Bryant Mill Road, Ararat, charged with five counts of felony assault, a misdemeanor assault charge, three counts of communicating threats, and three counts of resisting public officers.

Albert Junior Key, 37, of Hamburg Street, Mount Airy, charged with two counts of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny.

Kayla Angela Vickland, 19, of Autumn Drive, Tobaccoville, charged with incest.

Jessica Nicole Wolf, 30, of Mill Hole Road, North Wilkesboro, charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

By Terri Flagg

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