37-year-old Jeremiah Yang of Hickory, was given an active prison term of five to seven years after pleading guilty to breaking and entering, larceny, breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and admitting his habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (February 15).
The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, imposed the sentence for Yang, who will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Yang’s sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which included prior felony convictions for possession of stolen goods or property in Burke County (July 2005), possession of a stolen motor vehicle in Catawba County (June 2013) and possession of stolen goods or property in Burke County (January 2016).
Officers responded to an alarm activation at a local business on August 29, 2015. Upon arrival they saw numerous cars that had been broken into, and an air conditioning unit had been removed from the building. Inside the business, there were pry marks found on the office door. Numerous items, including money, a camera, medication and financial cards, were missing.
Investigators reviewed the video surveillance from the business, and the defendant is seen clearly on the video prior to removing the camera from the office.
Jared Ball led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Lippert was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.