Two men are in jail after a store manager heard something go bump in the night, according to Laurinburg police.
The manager of Tobacco Shop & Gifts was doing monthly inventory Wednesday at about 4 a.m. when he heard a noise.
The sound was of someone trying to cut a hole in the wall of the business in the Walmart shopping center off U.S. 401, police said.
“I was in the back and it sounded like someone was making a small hole in the wall, then it started getting bigger, then I called and the police came,” Rashee Yahya told the Fayetteville Observer.
An hour earlier, a man had stopped by the store and asked about the rent in a vacant unit next door, Yahya said. He said he thinks the man may have been casing the business before using a metal device to cut a hole about the size of a soda can in the wall.
The man ran away as Yahya called police.
Officers who responded saw a red Ford van drive off of U.S. 74 Bypass with the headlights off, said Capt. Kim Monroe of the Laurinburg Police Department. The officers stopped the van and arrested two men — Reginald Scott, 54, and Gregory Austin, 51, both of Charlotte.
Each was charged with breaking and entering. Bail was set at $140,000 for Watson and $100,000 for Austin, police said.
Watson also had outstanding warrants in Charlotte and Charleston, S.C. for grand larceny, Monroe said.
“Both suspects will be incarcerated at the Scotland County jail to face Laurinburg charges and will subsequently be picked up and transported back to Charleston to face charges in that jurisdiction,” Monroe said.