Duo facing several charges after traffic stop | Crime
Deputy Tim Roger, with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, responded to Ashley Brook Road in Statesville, where two victims wanted to file a report of an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and a misdemeanor larceny of jewelry.
The deputy then learned that the two victim’s had allowed family members to spend the night with them, and that a necklace and a vehicle were taken without the owner’s permission, but that both items were later returned.
Robert Jonathan Barnette 28, of A Street, and his girlfriend, Tiffany Nicole Martin 23, of Fifth Street, were identified as the two suspects. The victim’s also told the deputy that they saw Barnette and Martin with six new Interstate batteries that were still wrapped in plastic along with a firearm that Barnette pointed at the home as he left after being confronted about taking the stolen items.
During the course of the night Deputy Rogers looked for the duo, and around 4:40 a.m. he saw them driving a vehicle on Westminster Drive.
Deputy Rogers stopped the vehicle, and saw the batteries in the back seat passenger area of the car. Deputy Rogers then contacted the Statesville Police Department, and learned that they had reports of stolen batteries in that area. Officers from SPD then responded to the scene of the stop to assist and speak with the possible suspects.
A search of the vehicle revealed several other items, including a firearm, which had previously been described by the original victims, and various types of prescription medications, heroin, and other types of drug paraphernalia.
Statesville Police Department Officers arrested Tiffany Nicole Martin out of this stop; Deputy Rogers arrested Robert Jonathan Barnette.
Deputy Rogers charged Robert Jonathan Barnette with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of heroin a Schedule I Narcotic, possession of Schedule III Narcotic, possession of Schedule IV Narcotic, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Barnette received a $10,500 secured bond.
Deputy Rogers charged Tiffany Nicole Martin with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of heroin a Schedule I Narcotic, pssession of Schedule III Narcotic, pssession of Schedule IV Narcotic and possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Statesville Police Department has charged Tiffany Nicole Martin with breaking, entering, and larceny to a business on C Street in Statesville as a result of this vehicle stop. Martin has received a $15,000.00 dollar secured bond with both agencies charges.
This investigation is still ongoing with both agencies and it is likely that both Barnette and Martin will have further charges.
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