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Caswell Co. family implicated in two separate Union Ridge larceny cases

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Three members of the same Caswell County family have been arrested for a string of thefts that have recently occurred in the unincorporated community of Union Ridge in the northern part of Alamance County.

Larry M. Mann, his wife Tara Poling, and his father-in-law John Baptist Moreno were all taken into custody on Tuesday for their alleged roles in two larceny cases that the office of Alamance County’s sheriff has been investigating.

Larry M. Mann
Tara Poling
John Baptist Moreno

All three of the suspects are listed as residing at 215 Indian Village Trail in Caswell County.

According to the sheriff’s office, Mann and Moreno were initially identified as suspects in a series of larcenies that Union Ridge-based Ideal Comfort Heating and Air had reported on January 17. The sheriff’s office went on to charge the two white males, who are 38- and 62-years-old respectively, with felony-level larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. But the agency was reportedly unable to locate either of the two men at the time.

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On March 8, the sheriff’s office received another report that a leaf blower had been stolen out of a woman’s vehicle while she was at a Dollar General store on Union Ridge Road. Using surveillance footage that the retailer provided, investigators were able to identify Mann as the apparent culprit in this case. They subsequently learned that Poling had fenced the stolen leaf blower at an area pawn shop, which also put the 39-year-old white female on the agency’s radar.

Thanks to the information it gleaned in this second case, the sheriff’s office was able to apprehend Poling, Mann, and Moreno in relatively short order on Tuesday.

In addition to Mann’s earlier charges, the agency has also served him with warrants from the second case for felony-level breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. Meanwhile, Poling faces one count of possession of stolen property as well as a felony-level charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

According to the sheriff’s office, Poling and Moreno have been placed under secured bonds of $10,000 and $20,000 respectively, while Mann has been issued a secured bond of $50,000.

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