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Whitsett man arrested quickly after security video and social media tips help deputies solve B&E, larceny, arson of Burlington business


Alamance County sheriff’s deputies were able to solve a breaking and entering, larceny, and arson case within 24 hours with the help of security video and social media tips.

Triangle Paving and Grading on Huffman Mill Road, Burlington, reported the break-in on Wednesday. A work truck belonging to the company was reported stolen; it was later found on fire on McConnell Road in eastern Guilford County.

Detectives within the Alamance County sheriff’s office were able to use security camera footage along with help from the public to identify one of the suspects.

This suspect was arrested on Thursday afternoon March 10, at his girlfriend’s residence in Whitsett near the location where the stolen truck was found abandoned and on fire.

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This investigation remains on-going, according to the sheriff’s office.

Arrested was Joseph Reid Stephens, white, male, 27, of 6607 Long Meadow Drive, Whitsett.

Joseph Reid Stephens

He has been charged with: eight felony counts and one misdeameanor as follows:

2cts: Felony Breaking & Entering of a Building;

2cts: Felony Larceny after Breaking & Entering;

1ct: Felony Larceny of a Motor Vehicle;

1ct: Felony Larceny from a Motor Vehicle;

1ct: Felony Larceny of Motor Vehicle Parts;

1ct: Felony Arson of Personal Property; and

1ct: Misdemeanor Injury to Property

Stephens’ bond was set at $60,000 secured.

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