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Vass 16-year-old accused of damaging buildings with Bobcat

Posted May 20, 2011

— A 16-year-old from Vass is accused of damaging several Moore County buildings with a Bobcat machine and then running from sheriff’s deputies.

Authorities arrested Jordan Lee Briggs, of 130 Southwind Drive, and charged him with two counts of felony injury to buildings, misdemeanor injury to real property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer and consuming alcohol by a person younger than 19.

Shortly after midnight, deputies received a report that someone was using a Bobcat to damage the Dollar General store, Mount Pleasant Christian Church and a Progress Energy property in the Lobelia area of Moore County.

A citizen told deputies he saw “a suspicious male” in the area, whom deputies later identified as Briggs. The 16-year-old led authorities on a short foot chase before being arrested, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators said they found property in Briggs’ possession that connected him to the damage. He got the Bobcat from Dollar General's property, according to Capt. Richard Talbert.

Teen charged in Moore Co. vandalism Teen charged in Moore Co. vandalism

Talbert said rough estimates of the damages are about $40,000 at the church, $18,000 at Progress Energy's building and $15,000 at Dollar General.

Briggs was being held in the Moore County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond and is expected to appear in Moore County District Court on May 26.


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  • MillerB May 20, 2011

    I want to know who gave him the alcohol. Put them right next to him.

  • Skywatch_NC May 20, 2011

    Thankful that he didn't injure or kill anyone and that he'll receive the help he needs.

  • BigUNCFan May 20, 2011

    He should go to prison for 20 years.

  • YNCSW51 May 20, 2011

    This young man is heading down the wrong rode. I hope that he can see the error of his ways and get it together. Hopefully he has parents that will be able to get him on the right track.

  • fzero May 20, 2011

    He was just practicing for his career in manual labor

  • Mark Hayes May 20, 2011

    Who left the key in it,thats like putting a carrot in front of a rabbit.

  • uncw05 May 20, 2011

    4lilboys- it is 21, but I have heard the penalties are harsher for someone who is 18 or younger than 19 or 20

  • bigal02282 May 20, 2011

    He got drunk on Champagne. Guess he figured she'd think his tractor was sexayyy.

  • fayncmike May 20, 2011

    He was running a bobcat huh? Well at least he'll have a skill to go to between prison terms:)

  • Killian May 20, 2011

    I hope he has to work off every single penny of damage.