MCSO apprehends man wanted in connection with multiple crimes

A South Hill man was recently taken into custody by Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in connection with several theft, robbery and breaking and entering incidents.

Mecklenburg County’s Corporal Scott Edmonds received a call this week from Chase City Police Department, advising that they had stopped a stolen vehicle on 5th St., driven by Ronald Keith Franklin, 35.

Edmonds responded to the traffic stop and took Franklin into custody. He was transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail and booked on arrest warrants including felony unauthorized use of a vehicle and a felony arrest warrant for the breaking and entering that occurred at Quick Stop 1 Feb. 18.

Evidence also links Franklin to the robbery at Triangle Grocery that occurred on Feb. 16 and the break in at Concord Church on Feb. 18.

According to MCSO, he will be charged with these crimes at a later date.

Regarding the break in at Quick Stop 1 on Hwy 47, authorities were called to the store after the alarm was activated around 1 a.m. on Feb. 18.

Deputy Josh Watts responded to discover that the front door glass had been shattered.

Authorities searched the store for intruders. Although no intruder was located, authorities did learn that lottery tickets and a soda had been stolen.

Video evidence, as well as other evidence was collected.

In regard to the break in at the Concord Church, located on Hwy 47 in the Chase City area, authorities were called to the location after receiving a call from a complainant who advised that someone had broken into the church, however the complainant could not find anything missing.

In regard to the robbery of Triangle Grocery, which occurred on Feb. 16, around 7:30 p.m., authorities were called to the location after a complainant advised that a man came into the store and snatched cash from the register.

The man entered the store, approached the register to make a purchase and when the clerk opened the register drawer, the man reached over the counter and grabbed and undisclosed amount of currency from the drawer.

Deputies were given a description of the suspect as well as the vehicle the suspect was driving and a direction of travel.

A search for the vehicle and suspect was conducted although authorities were unable to locate him at the time.

Through the video evidence from the store, a BOL (be on the lookout) was given out to surrounding counties and states for the suspect and the vehicle.