3 face charges after stolen police gear listed for online sale

3 face charges after stolen police gear listed for online sale

3 face charges after stolen police gear listed for online sale

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 11:09 PM

UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- Three men are facing charges after a break in the case of a string of car burglaries.

Two of those vehicles, officials say, belonged to Mecklenburg County law enforcement officers who lived in Union County. 

Officials with the Union County Sheriff's Office say the break came when police equipment came up for sale on a local classifieds website. 

Investigators say they set up a meeting with 39-year-old William Patrick Curry, Jr., of Monroe, under the guise of interest in purchasing the police equipment. 

Curry was arrested at the meet, and further investigation led Union County Sergeants to two accomplices: 18-year-old Matthew Aaron Johnson, of Indian Trail, and Joshua Charles Cornell, 21, of Monroe.

Among the recovered stolen goods: riot gear and other police equipment, and a laptop belonging to Porter Ridge High School. 

Cornell is charged with four counts of breaking and entering motor vehicle, three counts felony larceny, two counts felony possession of stolen goods, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny. Cornell is also charged with the theft of one officer's duty weapon. 

Johnson faces felony possession of stolen goods, receiving stolen goods, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obtaining property on false pretenses.

Curry is charged with one county of possession of stolen goods, a felony. 

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