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

Posted May 20, 2011 9:56 a.m. EDT
Updated May 20, 2011 8:34 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.