Joint efforts leads Garland man’s arrest

By: Staff report

CLINTON — A joint effort between the Bladen County and Sampson County sheriff’s offices helped to put a Garland man behind bars earlier this month.

On Thursday, July 6, investigators with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office charged Donald Hardman, 63, of Garland — whose residence is just inside Bladen County — with two counts of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny. The charges were related to three larcenies that were reported to the Sampson County Sheriff Office between June 30 and July 1.

On June 30, a lawn mower and trailer were reported stolen from Broad Street in Roseboro and, on July 1, a lawn mower was reported stolen from Main Street in Salemburg. Investigators assigned the case worked diligently to follow up on leads related to the case. Through a joint effort with Bladen County and Sampson County investigators, Hardman was identified and charges were obtained.

Investigators with Bladen County Sheriff’s Office took Hardman into custody at his residence on July 6. He was placed under a $105,000 bond and is being housed in Bladen County Detention Center.

“I would like to personally thank the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case,” said Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton. “We are blessed to have a great working relationship with other jurisdictions. This arrest is an example of why solid relationships are important between law enforcement agencies.”

Staff report