Employee charged with business break-in

By Corey Friedman

July 17, 2014

HAMLET — Nine months after his release from prison, a man is accused of stealing pickup truck accessories from the business where he worked.

Police say 46-year-old Rodney Eugene Odom of Rockingham broke in to Johnson’s Carports at 103 E. Spring St. Officers identified identified Odom as the suspect after spotting what appeared to be one of the stolen items on a pickup truck. A patrol officer stopped the driver, who said he bought the item from a man early that morning, according to interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker.

The business owner and employees gave police a description of what Odom was wearing and the car he was driving that morning, and Tucker said that information matched the description that the pickup truck driver offered.

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy stopped Odom on Battle Dairy Road near Hamlet for an unrelated matter, police said. Odom was not arrested, but police say he was driving the same vehicle that witnesses had described.

Odom came to the police department voluntarily to meet with detectives, Tucker said. After questioning him, police charged Odom with one count each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

Police recovered some of the stolen items and will return them to the owner, Tucker said.

Odom was released from prison in October 2013 after serving a 7-year, 2-month sentence on Brunswick County convictions of possessing a Schedule II controlled substance and being a habitual felon, according to N.C. Division of Adult Correction records.

Criminal records show a laundry list of convictions in five North Carolina counties. Odom’s legal troubles began in 1984 when he received probation on a felony breaking and entering and larceny conviction in Richmond County.

In 1986, Odom was released from prison after serving an 18-month sentence on two felony breaking and entering convictions in Richmond County. Convictions in Richmond, Bertie, New Hanover, Columbus and Brunswick county followed.

Odom was booked into the Richmond County Detention Center on Wednesday under a $5,000 secured bond.