Arrest made in residential breaking and entering case

The Southern Pines Police Department arrested a Carthage man in a residential breaking and entering case.

The Southern Pines Police Department announced in a press release that they arrested Armani Baldwin, 22, on April 1 and charged him with two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, and felony larceny. 

The home break-ins occurred in the 500 block of East Indiana Avenue on March 16 and the 100 block of Sullivan Drive on March 31.

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office and the Pinehurst Police Department assisted in the investigation and arrest.

Officials say they are currently investigating other recent break-ins in the area.

“All recently reported residential Breaking and Entering’s are still under investigation and the Southern Pines Police Department has implemented procedures an assigned additional staffing to these investigations and deterrence measures,” said the police department in the release.

Citizens that have any information related to these break-ins can contact the Southern Pines Police Department by calling (910) 692-7031, or the Crime Tip Line at (910) 693-4110. All information provided will remain confidential and can be provided anonymously.

Also, Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields announced the arrest of Baldwin in Whispering Pines and Seven Lakes breaking and entering cases.

On March 30, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple reports of breaking or entering at residences in the Blue Farm community in Whispering Pines. During one of the incidents in Whispering Pines, Baldwin brandished a firearm when confronted by a local resident.

On March 31, the Pinehurst Police Department located a suspicious person matching the description of the suspect from the Seven Lakes and Whispering Pines breaking or entering reports walking in a residential area. Upon being approached by law enforcement, the subject fled on foot and was apprehended during a joint search by the Pinehurst Police Department, Southern Pines Police Department, and Moore County Sheriff’s Office. The suspicious person was identified as Baldwin. Baldwin was charged with one count of resisting a public officer by Pinehurst Police Department.

Sheriff’s investigators charged Baldwin with three counts of felony breaking or entering and one count of injury to real property in relation to the breaking or entering incidents in Seven Lakes and Whispering Pines. 

Additional charges against Baldwin are expected pending further investigation.

Defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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