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January 26, 2012 

Suspect Arrested in Store Break-in

 
Thomas Matthew McBee, 24, of 3229 Music Mountain Road, Morganton, NC has been arrested and charged with felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny, and possession of stolen property.

On Thursday, January 26, 2012, at approximately 1:00 am, deputies with the Burke County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported breaking and entering at the Kountry Market on Hwy 18 South. 
 
Deputies found that someone had broken several windows to the business and made entry into the store. The item reported missing was a donation jar that was located on the store counter near the cash register.
 
Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff's Office were assigned to investigate the breaking and entering and were advised that the store's video footage captured a subject inside the store.
 
Detectives were able to obtain a copy of the footage from the store clerk, and were advised that the subject appeared to be a customer of the store.
 
The store clerk stated another customer had told her the person in the video could possibly be Tommy McBee, who lived near the store.
 
While detectives were at the store reviewing the video footage, Mr. McBee came to the store to speak with the owner.
 
Detectives then went with Mr. McBee to his residence, where he confessed to the incident and provided detectives with the location of the missing donation jar and baseball bat that was used to break the windows of the store.
 
The bat was located in a field between Kountry Market and McBee's residence and the donation jar was located inside the store. All that was determined to be missing was two Dr. Pepper drinks.
 
Mr. McBee was placed in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $5,000.00 secured bond. First court appearance is scheduled for January 30, 2012.
 
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