Man accused in Wallace break-in, truck theft

First Posted: 1:42 am - November 5th, 2015 Updated: 7:11 am - November 5th, 2015.

By Corey Friedman - cfriedman@civitasmedia.com

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HAMLET, N.C. — A man accused of home break-ins on both sides of the state line was jailed under more than a quarter-million-dollar bond.

Marlboro County deputies assisted lawmen in Richmond County, North Carolina in the Nov. 3 arrest of 30-year-old Hamlet resident Matthew Scott. Authorities say he broke into a Gurney Road home in Marlboro County’s Wallace community and stole electronics, tools and a pickup truck.

Scott is also accused in two Richmond County home break-ins. Deputies say the stolen truck was sold to a junkyard there and the tools were later recovered in Wallace.

Scott faces two counts each of breaking and entering, possession of a firearm by a felon and failure to appear in court and one count each of larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, felony possession of stolen goods, possession of a stolen firearm, obtaining property by false pretense, possession of a stolen vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor attempted larceny in Richmond County

After his first court appearance on the North Carolina charges, Scott was scheduled to be extradited to Marlboro County.

Investigative agencies in both states — the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation — shared information with Marlboro and Richmond deputies in the case.

Scott has a criminal record spanning seven years and has been convicted of property crimes and related charges in Richmond County in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2004, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction.

He was booked into the Richmond County Detention Center in Rockingham on a combined $264,000 secured bond.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless found guilty in court.

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