Two men were arrested last week in connection with the break-in of a home in Madison where two puppies and various items were stolen.
The break-in was reported on Feb. 8 from a home on Bethesda Church Road in Madison. The homeowner informed Deputy Sam Pegram that he had left his residence for a short time and returned to find his home broken into. Missing property included two boxer puppies, a flat screen TV, along with several firearms.
Detectives with the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office were called in to investigate the crime, and they requested further assistance from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. With agencies working together, a search warrant was executed off of Highway 311 in Rockingham County at the residence of Kenneth Scott Middleton. While at the Middleton residence, officers located one of the stolen boxer puppies, along with the stolen flat screen TV and a couple of the stolen firearms.
Detective Lori Pegram of Rockingham County and Detective Chris Lawson of Stokes County were able to track down the remaining stolen goods. The other suspect was later located, Thomas Theodore Patterson. The second stolen puppy was also located and returned to its owner.
Sheriff Mike Marshall said, “This is just another example of how we work together with our law enforcement neighbors. It’s about teamwork. I want to thank Sheriff Sam Page and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance. “
Kenneth Scott Middleton, 34, of 535 Haynes Road, Summerfield, was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of dogs, and felony possession of stolen property. His bond was set at $76,000 secured.
Thomas Theodore Patterson, 20, of 140 Teal Drive, Reidsville, was charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny, felony larceny of dogs, and felony possession of stolen goods. Bond is $20,000 secured.
The sheriff said one of the suspects was already out on bond awaiting trial for another breaking and entering case in the county.
Marshall said, “I am also proud of our officers for the hard work they demonstrated and for staying focused on tracking down the ones responsible for these crimes. It is a great thing to be able to recover the property that was stolen in a case like this. It don’t happen all the time, but when it does, it is total satisfaction.”