By DEUCE NIVEN
Minutes after a Sanders Street man was confronted by an armed burglar in his mother’s home a nearby resident was in custody, her arrest a result of witness tips and a rapid police response, Maj. Russell Conway of the Tabor City Police Department said Thursday.
Shondia Russ, 26, of March Avenue was located in her home minutes after she ditched a recognizable work van on Leggett Street, behind her residence, Conway said.
Charged with armed robbery, breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, and larceny of a motor vehicle, Russ was also served with eight warrants charging her with failing to appear in court, Columbus County Detention Center records show.
Police recovered a second stolen gun later, Conway said, with a second larceny of a firearm warrant served on her Thursday, Conway said.
Russ was held under bonds totaling $135,000 Wednesday, with the second gun charge adding another $10,000 to her bail.
Burglary in progress
Michael Shane Wright, who owns carpet cleaning service Absolute Cleaning, stopped by his mother’s Sanders Street home before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, encountering a burglary in progress.
“He went into his mother’s home, Ms. Russ is inside, draws a weapon, takes his money and tells him to go to a bedroom,” Conway said. “He told her to “just go.”
Russ is accused of taking a .357 handgun, prescription medication, and cash described as “tithe money” inside a small handbag, also taken from the home of Bonnie Wright, Conway said.
Police, who had been in the area a short time earlier on an unrelated call, responded quickly and were aided by neighbors who called in tips.
Russ, Conway said, apparently saw a patrol vehicle involved in the unrelated call, quickly ditched Wright’s Absolute Cleaning Ford Econoline Van and ran home, witnesses describing those events in calls to police.
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