Bladenboro man arrested on felony charges

W. Curt Vincent Editor

December 3, 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — Items that disappeared from a Forrest Hills residence on Nov. 17 led to the arrest of a 27-year-old Bladenboro man, who is now facing a litany of felony charges.

“(The victim) reported that speakers and an amp had been stolen from her garage …” Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said. “She further advised that she had some contractors working at the residence during that time period.”

An investigation found that two different contractors had been working at the residence, a paint crew and a landscaping crew. Some time later, a friend of the victim told her that her property was at a pawn shop in Whiteville.

“Officers investigated and located the property,” Kinlaw said. “After tracing back to the origin of the property, officers learned that a member of the landscape crew had sold the property to an individual who took the property to the pawn shop.”

Arrested 10 days after the incident was Kenneth Burney, who was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, and felony possession of stolen property. He was booked into the Bladen County Jail under a $2,000 secured bond.

But that’s not the only charges Burney faces.

Elizabethtown officers had previously arrested Burney on Nov. 9 and charged him with felony larceny of a firearm, felony possession of a stolen firearm, felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor larceny. The bond for those charges was $100,500 secured.

Burney remains in the Bladen County Jail.