Randolph County man faces break-in charges after alleged victim, neighbors follow him home, confront him

Robert Harold Matthews III

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A Randolph County man faces several charges after being confronted by one of his alleged victims, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Robert Harold Matthews III, 36, was arrested on Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office got multiple calls Tuesday regarding a burglary in progress on Mechanic Road, southwest of Asheboro, where it was reported that Matthews went into a vehicle and stole an iPod Mini.

The victim and other neighbors followed Matthews to his home and confronted him.

Deputies came to the home and Matthews consented to a search, the release said.

During the search, it was discovered that Matthews entered a nearby barn and removed copper and aluminum screens, according to the sheriff’s office. This incident was recorded by security footage.

A basket containing items suspected to have been taken in additional break-ins was discovered and seized. Matthews was placed under arrest and marijuana was found hidden in his sock.

Matthews is charged with:

  • Felony breaking or entering of a motor vehicle
  • Felony larceny after breaking/entering
  • Felony breaking and or entering
  • Felony possession stolen goods/property
  • Felony possession of controlled substance on prison/jail premises
  • Misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance
  • Misdemeanor larceny
  • Misdemeanor first-degree trespassing entering/remaining
  • Misdemeanor possession marijuana paraphernalia
  • Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Misdemeanor possession of marijuana less than ½ to 1½ oz.

Matthews is being held in the Randolph County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 14.

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