A western Iredell County resident faces numerous charges in connection with a Troutman business break-in last month and in an unrelated domestic violence incident.

Richard Moody

Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest of Richard Adrian Moody, 50, in a news release Monday.

On January 18, ICSO patrol deputies responded to a business located in Troutman in reference to a breaking and entering which had already occurred, Campbell said.

According to the business owner, an unknown suspect broke into the business by breaking a window. The owner told deputies that someone had used power tools to cut open two safes in the business, according to the news release.

The report indicated several items, including a diamond ring and a firearm, had been stolen from the safes.

The case was assigned to Detective Patrick Irwin. During the investigation, several items of evidence were located at the crime scene that were collected and sent to the crime lab for processing, Campbell said.

A DNA Lab Report that was returned to the ICSO on January 25 linked Moody to the crime scene, according to the news release. Detectives also learned that Moody was a former employee of the business.

Detective Irwin obtained arrest warrants charging Moody with Felony Breaking and Entering, Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Felony Larceny of a Firearm, and two counts of Felony Safe Cracking.

On February 2, ICSO deputies responded to a domestic incident at Moody’s home at 132 Happy Lane.

The victim told the deputies Moody assaulted her and choked her, Campbell said. Moody had fled on foot before the deputies arrived on scene, according to the news release. 

Based on the physical evidence at the scene and witness statements, an additional warrant was obtained charging Moody with Felony Assault by Strangulation. His name was entered in a crime databases as a Wanted Person.

On Saturday, February 5, Moody was located in Lincoln County and arrested without incident. He was transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center, where he received a $50,000 secure bond for the first initial warrants.

Moody was then transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where he received an additional $40,000 secured bond for the Felony Assault by Strangulation warrant.

According to the ICSO, the suspect’s criminal history includes the following charges: two counts of Misdemeanor Larceny, 40 counts of Felony Breaking or Entering, Felony Larceny of a Firearm, four counts of Felony Break or Enter a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Felony Larceny from a Person, two counts of Felony Larceny, two counts of Felony Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor Resisting a Public Officer, four counts of Felony Larceny After Breaking or Entering, Felony Possession of Stolen Goods, Felony Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle with two or More Aggravating Factors, and three counts of Attempted Felony Larceny.

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