A 29-year-old Sampson County man has found himself in trouble with the law after breaking into two homes and telling the residents at both that he had a flat tire and was only looking assistance.
Jonathan Deon Avery, 2738 Keener Road, Clinton, was picked up by deputies after the second of two break-ins in his neighborhood Monday, and charged with both felony offenses.
According to sheriff’s reports, Avery is believed to have been the suspect who kicked in a door to one Keener Road home, entered the residence and came face to face with the homeowner.
In that incident, the homeowner told investigators that when he first heard the commotion, he thought his son had returned home, but instead found an unknown man.
The suspect, reports note, told the homeowner that his car had broken down. Then, he attempted to take a keyboard but, when told by the victim to leave the premises did so without taking anything with him.
About 20 minutes later, and just down the road, a woman was in her kitchen when someone entered the back door of her residence. Like the first victim, the woman believed it was a family member coming in the home until she turned around and saw an unknown male.
The suspect, believed to be Avery, told the woman he had a flat tire and asked if there was a man around that could help him.
The woman, reports note, told the suspect to leave, which he did, and she immediately called 911.
Sheriff’s deputies responding to the call located Avery in the area and, after investigation, took him into custody, leveling two break-in charges against him.
Avery was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $10,000 bond — $5,000 for each charge. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 1.