A man already facing charges by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office for the theft of cigarettes faces new counts lodged by the Weldon Police Department.
Charges filed by Weldon Sergeant T. Mason against Alvin Michael Hamlin, 39, reflect counts related to three breaking and enterings in town since November 14, Chief Chris Davis said in a statement.
The first breaking and entering occurred on November 14 at a business in the 100 block of West Second Street in which nothing was stolen, Davis said.
The second breaking and entering occurred on December 18 in the 500 block of West Second Street in which nothing was taken.
The third occurred on January 12 in the 100 block of West Second Street where an undisclosed amount of money and Newport cigarettes were taken, the chief said in the statement. The money and cigarettes were not recovered, Davis said.
In the statement Davis said in the first two crimes Hamlin allegedly attempted to break into an ATM.
Mason linked Hamlin, of Weldon, to the crimes after receiving information from Detective Matt Brown of the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office last Thursday charged Hamlin with larceny of more than $2,000 worth of cigarettes from a store in Halifax.
The cigarettes in that case were recovered and a canine track by Lieutenant Steven Casey and his dog Torro led them to Hamlin a short distance from the store.
Hamlin was also charged by the sheriff’s office in a December 24 break-in of the same store in which cigarettes were stolen but not recovered.
Mason charged Hamlin with three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of injury to personal property, two counts of attempted larceny and one count of larceny after breaking and entering.
Hamlin received a $14,500 secured bond with a March 11 court date for the Weldon crimes.
Davis credited a joint effort to obtaining warrants on Hamlin. “I think we all came together once he was apprehended and put the pieces of the puzzle together.”