By Jesse Wood
Dec. 15, 2014. A Winston-Salem man was charged for a number of crimes after attempting to burglarize New River Building Supply on N.C. 105 in Boone at 11:30 p.m. on the night of Friday, Dec. 12.
Richard Allen Moore, 47, was taken into custody on Friday night after officers received a call of a breaking and entering in progress.
The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office reported that an employee working after hours heard a window being broken and saw someone wearing a black jacket and black toboggan entering the building. When deputies and officers with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Boone Police Department arrived, they found a window broken near the loading dock and a hammer nearby.
After setting up a perimeter, the suspect was located in the bushes behind New River Building Supply and in the area of Dewey Wright Well and Pump Company. The suspect’s vehicle was later found in a vacant lot at the intersection of N.C. 105 and the N.C. 105 Bypass.
Moore was charged with felonious attempted breaking and entering, felonious possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor first-degree trespassing and misdemeanor injury to real property. As Moore is wanted in Georgetown, S.C., for second-degree burglary, he will also face second-degree trespass charges in South Carolina.
Moore has $10,000 secured bond, and his court date is set for Jan. 22.
This is at least the second time that New River Building Supply has been broken in to. In July, a white male wearing all black, including a black toboggan broke into New River Building Supply by breaking a window. A number of items were stolen. High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office asked the public for assistance in identifying the suspect. It reissued the crime stoppers alert in November and added a $500 reward for information.
However, Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman said that this latest incident and arrest is “probably not related” to the incident this past summer.