CLARKTON — A Bladenboro man has been charged with stealing pigs from a Bladen County farm and attempting to elude law enforcement. His accomplice, however, remains on the loose.
According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“A Bladen County deputy on routine patrol saw a white Ford truck pulling a livestock trailer on Burney Ford Road near Clarkton,” Hester said. “The deputy could tell that there was some type of livestock inside of the trailer.”
Hester added that the deputy noticed the vehicle was traveling at a low rate of speed and that there was no registration on the livestock trailer.
“When the deputy attempted to stop the truck, the truck made a right turn onto U.S. 701 Business and would not stop,” Hester said. “When the truck and trailer approached U.S. 701 By-pass, the two occupants jumped from the truck and began running on foot. The truck continued into the ditch near the intersection.”
The deputy managed to catch the driver of the vehicle, who was identified as Alfonza Lewis, 38, of Bladenboro, near the Clarkton Cotton Company. But the passenger of the truck was not caught.
The livestock trailer contained 26 hogs, and it was determined they belonged to a farm on Elkton Road.
Lewis was charged with breaking and entering, larceny of swine, possession of stolen property, resisting a public officer and failure to stop for blue lights/siren. He was booked into the Bladen County Jail, where he remains under an $80,000 secured bond.
Anyone with information about Lewis’ accomplice is urged to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.