Elizabethtown police make two arrests in Bladen Hardware larceny

By: Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Police Department has made two arrests in the July 16 breaking and entering of Bladen Hardware.

Christopher Lamonta McDowell, 24, of Elizabethtown, and Daniel Alexander McDowell, 23, of Elizabethtown, were arrested Wednesday and charged with 12 crimes, including breaking and entering and 11 counts of larceny of firearms.

The department has issued outstanding warrants for two individuals believed to be involved in the same crime. Dewayne Elliot McDowell, 23, and Hassan Nahaeem Swindoll, 18, are expected to be charged with the same crimes as the two already arrested. Dewayne McDowell was last seen at 500 West Swanzy St. in Elizabethtown, and Swindell’s last known address is 776 Twisted Hickory Road in Elizabethtown.

“We’re stilling offering the $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of these individuals,” said Lt. Dwayne Cheshire. “If anyone is still willing to come forward with the location of firearms or other information assisting further with convictions in this case, they could be eligible for the reward.”

On July 16, shortly after 11 p.m., the individuals named above are believed to have entered Bladen Hardware on South Poplar Street, a federal firearms licensee, and to have stolen multiple firearms. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, joined together to offer a $10,000 reward for information about the case.

Anyone with information on the case should call 911.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing ccarroll@s24515.p831.sites.pressdns.com.

Chrysta Carroll

Bladen Journal