Two Monroe teens were arrested in connection with the theft of several vehicles in the Mooresville area.

Elijah Bennett, 17, and Jordan Edward Thomas, 19, both of Monroe, were each charged with three counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, four counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, one count of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny. Bennett was also charged with first-degree burglary.

Bennett and Thomas were arrested in Union County and a magistrate set bond at $40,000 for Bennett and $30,000 for Thomas.

Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell said deputies answered a call Tuesday concerning multiple vehicle thefts in the area of Rain Shadow and Country Lake drives near Mooresville.

Deputies determined three vehicles were stolen and four had been broken into with various items taken.

One of the vehicles was stolen from a home where the garage door was left open and, in the same garage, a vehicle was entered but nothing taken, Campbell said.

Detectives and crime scene investigators assisted in the investigation. Witnesses were located and interviewed and evidence collected.

Later Tuesday, Campbell said, detectives received information from the Monroe Police Department indicating one of the stolen vehicles was found with two people inside. Bennett and Thomas were taken into custody.

Initially Bennett was charged with the vehicle larceny counts, and the $40,000 bond was set in Union County. On Wednesday, the additional charges were filed, Campbell said.

Bennett’s criminal history consists of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and common law robbery.

Thomas’ criminal history includes possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, reckless driving, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and breaking and entering.

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