Around 10:40 this morning Deputies with the Alexander County Sheriff’s officer responded to a report of a residential break that was in progress on Rocky Springs Road. A neighbor had spotted a suspicious vehicle parked at a home and witnessed two subjects carrying items from the home and loading them into a pickup truck.
Officers were quickly on the scene and located the vehicle traveling east on Rocky Springs Road. A shot chase began before the truck ran off Jim Millsaps Road and struck a tree. One subject was taken into custody and another fled into a wooded area. A K-9 unit was brought in but the suspect has not been located. Sheriff Chris Bowman said Tuesday afternoon, the suspect has been identified but their identity will not be released at this time. Items from two breakins reported this morning was recovered according to a press release.
Taken into custody was 37 year old Jeffrey Lynn Mays jr of Taylorsvillle. Mays faces a long list of charges including:
Two counts of felony breaking and entering
Two counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering
Felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance
Felony larceny of a firearm
Felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Failure to appear on a child support warrant from Catawba County.
Mays was taken to the Alexander County Detention Center in Taylorsville and placed in custody under a $70,000 secured bond. Mays is scheduled for a first court appearance on May 8th.
Sheriff Bowman praised attentive neighbors with being alert and providing good information leading to the arrest.