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Observant neighbor stops thieves, cracks theft ring


BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Deputies in Bladen County say an observant neighbor led to four people being arrested for allegedly stealing ATVs.

Investigators say around 3:30 a.m. yesterday, a citizen heard two ATV four-wheelers coming in the direction of his home on Catfish Farm Rd. near Bladenboro. The witness thought it was very peculiar that anyone would be riding ATVs at that time of the morning. He noticed that the ATVs belonged to his neighbor. He called 911 when two suspects ran into the woods after he approached them.

Deputies arrived and arrested Zachariah John Henry, 26, of Elizabethtown after he was found lying in a ditch.

Investigators determined the other suspect was Robert James Rabon, 24, of Bladenboro. Bladenboro Police arrested him around 4 p.m.

The investigation revealed that Henry's sister, Carolyn Elizabeth Wright, 20, and Thomas Javie Kinlaw III, 25, both of White Lake, had dropped Henry and Rabon off to steal the ATVs.

White Lake Police arrested Kinlaw and Wright around 5 a.m. during a traffic stop and charged them with aid & abet felony larcent.

Wright is still in the Bladen County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. Kinlaw was released from the Bladen County Jail after posting a $5,000 secured bond.

Both Henry and Rabon were charged with felony larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. They are both still in the Bladen County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

Investigators say it appears that the thefts are part of an ATV theft ring. They expect more charges as the investigation continues with the assistance of the Bladenboro and White Lake Police Departments.

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