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from left: Preston Levi Kovanda & Tammy Lee Horne
courtesy of Iredell Co. Sheriff's Office

Two Suspects Sought in Connection with Theft of 4-Wheeler

35-year-old Preston Levi Kovanda of Wilson Street N.W. in Lenoir and 38-year-old Tammy Lee Horne of Old Johns River Road in Collettsville have both been charged with multiple felonies by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. They each face felony counts of conspiracy to commit felony larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses, and conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses. Kovanda was also charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. They both remained at large, at last report.

The charges come in connection with an incident on April 6 when Deputies responded to Whitney Lane in Statesville regarding the larceny of a four-wheeler. Deputies interviewed the victim and multiple witnesses and learned that the four-wheeler was seen at Loves Truck Stop on the Mocksville Highway in Statesville. A review of surveillance video showed a male and female as they made a transaction and turned over ownership of the four-wheeler.

Deputies also learned that the four-wheeler was potentially located in Caldwell County. With assistance from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, the four-wheeler was found. Kovanda and Horne were identified as the suspects.

Arrest warrants were issued for Kovanda and Horne, who have been entered as wanted persons. Anyone with information regarding their location should call 704-878-3180 or submit a tip via the Iredell Sheriff’s app.

Kovanda has a criminal history that includes felony counts of identity theft (two counts) and larceny of a firearm, along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, simple assault, assault & battery, and resisting a public officer.

Horne’s criminal history includes felony counts of exploiting the disabled or elderly by a person in a position of trust and possession of methamphetamine (three counts), along with misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, larceny, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and interfering with an electronic monitoring device.