A Weldon man was charged Thursday with larceny of more than $2,000 worth of cigarettes from a store in Halifax.
Chief Deputy Scott Hall of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement the cigarettes were recovered and a canine track by Lieutenant Steven Casey and his dog Torro led them to the man — Alvin Michael Hamlin, 39 — a short distance from the store.
Hamlin was also charged in a December 24 break-in of the same store in which cigarettes were stolen but not recovered.
A burglar alarm at the store around 3:30 Thursday morning led deputies to the location where they discovered the front window broken.
Casey and Torro began a track from the store which led them to Hamlin.
Detectives Matt Brown and Roy Ball arrested and charged Hamlin with attempted safecracking, felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, injury to real property, injury to personal property, and possession of burglary tools.
He was jailed on $75,000 bond and awaits a March 20 court date.
Meanwhile, Hall said in the statement, continued investigation by Detective Travis Clark and Brown led to additional charges against Hamlin for the December 24 break-in.
Evidence collected during both investigations led to the charges for the December crime — breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and attempted safe cracking.
He received an additional $1,000 for the December charges.
“The quick response by Lieutenant Casey and the deputies working were vital to the arrest in these cases,” Hall said.