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Four Clayton students charged with break-in, theft

Posted May 14, 2010 4:13 p.m. EDT
Updated May 14, 2010 4:30 p.m. EDT

— Four young men, all students at Clayton High School, were charged this week in connection with the theft of more than $19,000 from a Johnston County home.

Stanley Morgan told sheriff's deputies that he returned from a trip to Kerr Lake on May 9 to discover his home, at 4009 Summerwind Drive, had been entered and a safe and coin collection missing.

Deputies arrested Dexter Gaddis, 18, of 543 N. Church St., Joseph Herod, 18, of 29 Redwood Court, and Kevin Riggs, 18, of 213 Springwood Place, on Monday, charging them with felony breaking and entering and larceny. On Wednesday, they arrested Matthew Russell on felony charges of aiding and abetting and receiving stolen property.

Morgan said the safe contained $19,000. Deputies recovered about $12,500.

Tammy Amaon, a spokeswoman for the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, said one of the suspects knew Morgan. All four were out on bond pending their next court appearance.