Suspect sought after break-ins at Archdale florists also wanted in 3 other states

ARCHDALE, N.C. -- A man wanted after break-ins at two Archdale florists is also wanted in three other states, according to a news release from Archdale police.

Police believe Joseph Coleman Hodge, of Jacksonville, Florida, broke into Hazel Williams Florist and Always in Bloom Florist on May 25 around 8:30 a.m.

Property damage was reported at both florists, along with some items taken.

“It makes you feel violated,” said Janet Ratledge, manager at Hazel Williams Florist.

She says the suspect took the change in the cash register and pried open a safe, destroying it in the process.

“That's the picture I would have liked to have had is the look on his face when he got in it and there was nothing there,” Ratledge said.

Surveillance from inside Always in Bloom helped police identify Hodge.

The owner told FOX8 that it appears Hodge got in by breaking the front door. The owner has since replaced the door.

Ratledge is pleased those images are helping police find the suspect.

“I hope they get him and I hope he goes to jail,” she said.

Hodge is wanted for similar incidents in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Archdale police believe Hodge is driving a green van with numerous stickers on it and a Florida tag.

Anyone with information on Hodge's location is asked to call Crimestoppers at (336) 861-7867.