Mitchell Authorities Investigate Break-ins in Bakersville Area
A string of robberies around Bakersville has led to a full scale investigation by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department and one arrest has been made so far. Within a two week span, at least three residences along Hwy. 261 north of Bakersville have been robbed, according to authorities who say intruders had stolen money, TV’s, video games systems and laptop computers as well as other items. All the residences were just miles apart and the Sherriff’s Department believes the break-ins occurred around the same time. The department got a break on one of the cases when, after checking area pawn shops, it was discovered that a TV had been pawned from one of the break-ins.
Jonathan William Ponder Jr. of Snow Creek Road was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny as well as obtaining property by false pretenses. Ponder is accused of breaking into a camper trailer on Snow Creek and taking items including a television. He was released on a $3,500 secured bond. At this time officials cannot find any connection between Ponder and the other break-ins in the Bakersville area but the investigation is ongoing.