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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:58

Owner's Son Again Accused of Breaking into Mosteller Mansion

Justin Charles Spaller Justin Charles Spaller courtesy of Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office

27-year-old Justin Charles Spaller of 3rd Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late Monday night (May 26) on one felony count of felony breaking & entering.

He was arrested after Police responded to an alarm at the Mosteller Mansion on 21st Street S.E. in Hickory at 4:26 Monday morning. The building’s owner, 60-year-old Charles Spaller, also responded to the scene. Charles Spaller is the suspect’s father.

Officers found that a back door on the lower level had been pried open and there was damage to a doorframe inside, leading to an office. A lockbox containing keys and papers was missing from the office.

Later, a Conover Police Officer was called out when Justin Spaller failed to pay his cab fare. The Conover Officer learned that the cabbie had taken Justin Spaller to the Mosteller Mansion earlier that morning. He was taken into custody in Conover without incident. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office filed a charge of hiring with intent to defraud.

Last November, Justin Spaller was arrested after his father took out warrants in connection to a break-in at the Mosteller Mansion in which a briefcase containing cash and checks was stolen.

Justin Spaller was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,500 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court today (May 28) in Newton.

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