Teens facing dozens of felony charges in Yadkin theft cases

Staff Report



Two Winston-Salem teens have been charged in a string of larcenies in Yadkin County which began Tuesday, according to authorities.

On Tuesday morning, the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office began receiving reports of several vehicles being broken into with property stolen occurring in the Forbush and Courtney areas of Yadkin County.

An investigation began after the initial reports.

On the morning of July 26, the sheriff’s office received a call of a burglar alarm activation located at Dollar General on Old Hwy. 421 East, Yadkinville. A short time later, the sheriff’s office started receiving calls from residents at several of the homes in the nearby Walnut Crossing Run development. The calls consisted of suspicious males in a vehicle.

When the sheriff’s office arrived shortly after, they found two males who fled on foot leaving the vehicle.

After aggressive patrol in the area with tips from citizens in the community involving reports of vehicles and homes being entered, property taken, vehicles stolen and a vehicle accident in the East Bend area, deputies were able to locate the two males in one of the stolen vehicles in the East Bend area and they were taken into custody.

Ivan Mendez, 19, and Jesus Freddy Pulido, 17, were arrested a short time later.

During the investigation, deputies determined that both Mendez and Pulido were responsible for the break-in located at Dollar General as well as the vehicles broken into the day before. Most of the stolen property was recovered.

They were each charged with felonies of four counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, 27 counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of breaking and entering, 15 counts of larceny after breaking and entering a motor vehicle, one count of larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of larceny of a firearm; and two counts of misdemeanor damage to property.

Mendez also was served with an order of arrest from Forsyth County.

Both received a total of $500,000 secured bonds with a court date of July 27. Officials said the investigation is continuing.



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