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N.C. man arrested on vehicle theft, guns charges

Thomson police arrested a North Carolina man last week on charges of motor vehicle theft and weapons possession.

Police Chief Joe D. Nelson said Jesse Farris, 29, of Lenoir, N.C., was arrested May 19 after police received a call from a woman who said she was being held at gunpoint in the parking lot of Ryan's.

Master Sgt. Scott Whittle, Cpl. Don Hilson and Officer Keith Smith arrived at the restaurant to find Farris and three women in the parking lot. During a search, a 9 mm handgun was found in the waistband of Farris' shorts, a police report said.

A search of a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup found two 12-gauge shotguns and a .30-06 rifle. A check of the vehicle found that it had been stolen from Abbeville, S.C.

Nelson said it was also determined that the guns were stolen.

He said police later learned that Farris had been in the area for a day or two before the arrest. During that time he had gone to Advance Auto Parts and asked to test-drive a motorcycle an employee was trying to sell.

When the motorcycle was not returned, the employee called police. It was later recovered from a gas station near Interstate 20.

Police charged Sondie Plonk of Greenwood, S.C., who was with Farris in the parking lot, with being a party to a crime, Nelson said. The two other women were not charged.



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