Officers had warrants for the arrest of Christopher Edward Puckett, 27, and Kristie Jean Kimball, 31, both of 105 Christopher Lane, for felony larceny, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Christopher Lane borders the southern edge of the tree farm that lies across NC Highway 211 from West End Elementary School.
Builder Dwayne Parsons alerted police on Tuesday, September 21 that an air compressor and associated tools had been taken from a home under construction on Carthage Road, apparently the previous day.
Detectives already had in hand a report that Puckett, who was recently arrested in connection with a string of West End larcenies, had just sold a compressor and tools of a similar description.
Late Tuesday night, when Parsons returned to check on the building site, he allegedly saw Puckett drive up in a silver Kia Rio; try the door; and, finding it locked, enter through a window. According to police reports, Parsons shouted at a Puckett to get out of the house and then attempted to shoot the front tire of the car, in order to disable it.
Puckett jumped into the backseat of the car, and the vehicle fled the scene, while Parsons fired several other shots at the vehicle in an attempt to prevent it from leaving. Parsons told officers that he shot low because his intent was not to hurt anyone.
Puckett also faces kidnapping charges, because he allegedly forced his 87-year-old grandmother, Eunice Puckett, to accompany him to the scene Tuesday night, when the shooting occurred.
Captain Richard Talbert told The Times it is unlikely that Parsons will face charges related to firing his weapon, though the Sheriff's office will need to review the incident before making any formal determination.