28-year-old Mason Storm Meeks and 27-year-old Demitri James Barfield, both of Bessemer City, were arrested Saturday (August 15) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with one felony count of breaking and entering and one misdemeanor count apiece of conspiring to break and enter, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
The suspects were arrested shortly before midnight Saturday night when they were reportedly spotted leaving the parking lot of the Walmart on NC Highway 73 Highway in Denver at a high rate of speed. A North Carolina state trooper was in the area and saw the vehicle. He pursued it and conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of NC Highway 16 and Optimist Club Road.
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy responded to assist with the traffic stop. The state trooper noticed the back seat of the vehicle contained a number of used vehicle batteries. Officers removed 43 batteries from the vehicle. The deputy went to the Walmart store and employees told him that a chain had been cut off a fence with bolt cutters and the used batteries were stolen. The batteries were returned to the store and the suspects reportedly admitted to cutting the chain and loading the batteries in their vehicle.
Both men were placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond apiece. They remained in jail as of earlier today (August 18). The next District Court date for both suspects is August 31.[Photos Courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office]