Lenoir man charged in Burke break-in

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 01:01 PM

A Lenoir man is accused of breaking into a convenience store in Morganton and stealing a large number of cigarettes.

The break-in at the Jack-B-Quick convenience store on Lenoir Road set off an alarm shortly after 1:30 a.m, and when Lt. Dylan Anderson of the Burke County Sheriff's Office arrived he saw a brown Toyota pickup truck parked near the store, then saw a man running from the store into the woods, Sheriff Steve Whisenant said. Anderson chased the man across Lenoir Road and tackled him in the yard of a house.

Anderson found that the store's front door had been pried open and a large quantity of cigarettes were missing from a store display, Whisenant said. The cigarettes, worth $1,570, were later found in the woods in a 55-gallon trash can. The power meter to the store also had been removed.

Jason Richard Setzer, 40, of Cottrell Road was charged with felony forcible breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools (a crowbar), larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, injury to wires and other fixtures, and resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. After being taken to a hospital because his arm hurt, he was taken to jail. His bond was set at $36,000 secured.