Duo arrested on breaking and entering charges


Twenty-four-year old Benjamin Tyler Kornegay, of Dudley, and 21-year-old Leah Marie Hauck, of Pikeville, were tracked down and arrested after a resident notified authorities of a gold Tahoe leaving an abandoned home on N.C. Highway 55 West with stolen items.

The resident contacted Detective Sgt. Scott Mohiser, saying that a gold-colored Tahoe was pulling a trailer loaded down with items that appeared to have been taken from an abandoned home. Mohiser contacted fellow deputies to help.

The caller followed the suspects as they left the property, reporting to police updates on their location.

After deputies caught up with Kornegay and Hauck and conducted a traffic stop, the stolen items were located in the trailer as well inside the Tahoe, according to a release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Both Kornegay and Hauck were placed under arrest and transported to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Annex. The Tahoe, which they were driving, was towed from the scene.

“All items on the trailer were returned to the rightful owner. Further investigation, in this case, led to information that the residence had also been previously broken into by the suspects earlier in the week,” Capt. Shawn Harris said in the release.

Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Wayne County Detention Center where Kornegay is being held under a $15,000 bond and Hauck is being held under a $16,400 bond.

Kornegay and Hauck were each charged with breaking and entering, felony possession of stolen goods and felony larceny. Hauck is also facing a charge of aiding and abetting a larceny a bench warrant for failing to appear in a Wake County court.

Further charges are pending in this case.


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