A Jefferson man has been charged with breaking and entering at the Roses store Sunday night.
Clifford Larson, 29, was charged this week with felony breaking and entering at the store, Police Chief David Neaves said.
He was located in a bathroom at Ashe Memorial Hospital where officers believe he went after an alarm sounded at the Rose’s store.
The burglar alarm went off at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Neaves said. Jefferson Police Officer Zack Vogler responded and found the glass in the door to the garden center broken. The perpetrator apparently climbed a wall into the area and threw a nearby cinderblock through the window, Neaves said.
“We believe he entered the building and was scared off by the alarm.”
Vogler began his investigation and interviewed witnesses, Neaves said.
Larson became a suspect when officer Rick Swain of the Ashe Memorial Hospital police identified him as fitting the description of a man seen by witnesses. Officers found Larson hiding in a bathroom at the hospital.
He was detained under outstanding warrants held by county officials and placed under a $5,000 secure bond. Jefferson officials followed up with investigation of the Rose’s incident and charged Larson later in the week.