Man once stuck in exhaust fan strikes again

W. Curt Vincent Editor

March 3, 2014

BLADENBORO — A Bladen County man who was recently arrested after managing to get himself stuck in an exhaust fan trying to break into the abandoned 41 Grocery & Grill in January has been charged with another break in by Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies.

According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester, a break-in at the Champs convenience story on Hwy. 41 West on Feb. 18 was traced back to Jonathan Adam Andrews, 25, of Bladenboro thanks to the store’s videotape.

“The break-in occurred … during the overnight hours,” Hester said. “The investigation showed that an undetermined amount of U.S. currency was taken, along with Newport cigarettes.”

Hester said that entry was made through the roof of the building, and it was all caught on video.

Andrews was arrested on Jan. 30 after being dislodged from the exhaust fan on the roof of the 41 Grocery & Grill, where he’d been stuck for several hours in the cold. A motorist who happened to stop at the location heard his pleas for help and called 911.

For the Champs incident, Andrews was charged with breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen property. He remains in the Bladen County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.