12/14/2021 1:16:00 PM Two Charged In Denver Break-In; One In Custody In Texas
(L-R) Christopher James Watson and Joseph Odell Mayfield
(Photos Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office)
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Press Release
LINCOLNTON, NC - Two men have been charged in connection with a Denver, N.C. break-in that occurred in late November.
On November 23, 2021 a neighbor and employee of Advanced Power Products heard an audible alarm coming from the business. He then confronted a male walking across his yard. The male dropped the stolen goods he was carrying and fled the scene. The neighbor then contacted 911 and when deputies arrived on the scene they found forced entry into Advanced Power Products.
On November 24, 2021 the business owners provided Detective F. Runyon with serial numbers for more than 30 pieces of Stihl equipment estimated at $20,000. Surveillance footage shows two males wearing hoodies making several trips in and out of the business stealing items. All the serial numbers were entered NCIC as stolen.
On December 7, 2021 Detective Runyon was contacted by Louisiana State Police Troopers Landry and Rogers from St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. The officers said they were out on a traffic stop with a vehicle containing items identified by serial numbers as being stolen from Advance Power Products and another business in Mississippi. A search warrant served on the cell phones of the two suspects revealed the men are tied to numerous breaking and entering cases throughout the southeast.
The suspects, Christopher James Watson, 25, of Stafford, Texas and Joseph Odell Mayfield, 22, of Houston, Texas were arrested on outstanding warrants out of Mississippi. They are charged in Lincoln County with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods. The men were released on bond by Louisiana authorities before an extradition hearing could be held on the Lincoln County warrants.
On December 11, 2021, Joseph Odell Mayfield was arrested in Houston, Texas and is being held in the Harris County, Texas Jail on an out of state fugitive from justice warrant. He is scheduled for a court hearing in Houston on December 27, 2021. The second suspect, Christopher James Watson, has not been apprehended.