ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- A Cabarrus County man accused of stealing two motorcycles has been taking into custody after several arrest attempts.
The male victim, who resides on Mt. Hope Church Road, discovered his garage had been broken-in to on Sunday, and engine parts and his 1999 Harley Davidson had been stolen.
The victim, who then notified the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, reported that he found his motorcycle in the woods nearby.
Deputies began searching the property, and at about 2 a.m., officials say 25-year-old Jerad Travis Hager returned to attempt to complete the theft of the motorcycle. Hager fled before police could arrest him.
The stolen motorcycle was recovered and returned to the victim.
Warrants were obtained for Hager's arrest; the charges have not yet been released.
On Monday, deputies continued to search for Hager in the 170 block of Rockwood Drive. Officials say Hager fled again before deputies arrived on scene. During a search of the general area, another stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle was located, officials say, in the woods behind a residence.
Officials say the second motorcycle was stolen the same day as the first, but this one was stolen from a residence in the 7600 block of Old Concord Road.
On Monday evening, officers responded to reports of a suspicious man matching Hager’s description near a convenience store in Faith. The clerk told police the man they responded to investigate was in a white van driven by someone else. The driver mentioned heading to the football field to watch practice.
Detectives went to the field and found Hager sitting in the passenger seat of the van. Police say he first told them his name was Matthew Hager, but officers were able to confirm his identity.
He was taken into custody and received a $35,000 bond.