Suspect Arrested For Break-In, Arson At Convenience Store

Eric Kyle Kelly

Suspect Arrested For Break-In, Arson At Convenience Store

Around 7 AM Sunday, the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance report the Speedway gas station on the 1600 block of Highway 11/55.  A suspect had allegedly gotten into an argument with another individual in the parking lot and damaged a vehicle.   The clerks saw the commotion, called 911 and locked the store doors to prevent the suspect from coming inside.  However, the suspect used a blunt instrument to break the glass and entered the store.  The clerks managed to hide inside a secure room while the suspect roamed the store, stole items and set several things on fire.  Deputies arrived at the scene and took the suspect, 35-year-old Eric K. Kelly of Kinston, into custody.  The deputies also used fire extinguishers to put out the fires.  Kelly has been charged with:

  • Felony First Degree Arson
  • Felony Breaking and Entering with Intent to Injure
  • Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering
  • Felony Possession of Stolen Property
  • Misdemeanor Injury to Personal Property
  • Misdemeanor Injury to Real Property
  • Misdemeanor Communicating Threats

Kelly was placed into the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $145,000 secured bond.