28 year old Justin Wayne Singleton of Valdese is charged with 1 county of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of larceny of a dog, and one count of cruelty to an animal.
The vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of the Bethlehem Dollar General Store last Wednesday around 6:20 pm. The operator of the vehicle had left the engine running and air conditioning on with a dog inside. Video from the store shows two male subjects enter the store and quickly exit into the parking lot where they enter the vehicle and drive away.
The vehicle was found Saturday August 20th in Burke County as was the dog which has been returned to it’s owner.
According to Alexander County Chief Deputy Todd Jones, Singleton was arrested on August 18th by the Burke County Sheriffs Office on unrelated charges. More charges are possible and the search for a second suspect continues. Singleton is currently in the Catawba-Burke County Detention Facility in Morganton.