A father and son are behind bars under high bonds after being arrested for committing multiple break-ins and thefts, authorities said.

Melvin Ray Edmondson, 47, of the 3200 block of South Wesleyan Boulevard, and Thomas Ray Edmondson, 24, of the 100 block of Jack Lane, were taken into custody after an investigation following eight calls for service on Sunday and Monday, Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said in a press release.

The calls ranged from break-ins into residences, storage buildings and vehicles, and the suspects were seeking appliances, lawn equipment and tools, Medina said.

Deputies received still images from a victim’s security camera and those images were shared by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office via social media, Medina said.

Residents also stepped up and were able to identify the suspect within 15 minutes. A further investigation revealed the break-ins and thefts had been committed by a father and son duo, Medina said.

The father, Melvin Edmondson, is being held under a $130,000 secured bond and the son, Thomas Edmondson, is being held under a $102,000 secured bond, with both due on May 14 in Nash County District Court, Medina said.

After Melvin Edmondson was arrested, a check of records showed him to be a convicted sex offender who had failed to notify law enforcement of a change in his address, Medina said.

State Public Safety records show Melvin Edmondson was convicted in 2007 for taking indecent liberties with a minor and also that he has a list of convictions as far back as 1993.

The public safety records show Melvin Edmondson has been convicted for obtaining property by false pretense, driving while impaired, driving while his license was revoked, felony breaking and entering, larceny, misdemeanor breaking and entering and trespassing.

Melvin Edmondson is charged with one count of failing to notify his change of address within three business days, Medina said.

He also is charged with five counts of breaking and entering, five counts of felony larceny, three counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count of felony attempted breaking and entering, Medina said.

Thomas Edmondson is charged with five counts of felony breaking and entering, five counts of felony larceny, three counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count of felony attempted breaking and entering, Medina said.

The Telegram also obtained from District Court officials the magistrate’s warrants detailing the offenses.

The father and son are accused of:

  • Entering a 2017 Ford F-250 pickup truck and taking a toolbox containing assorted hand tools, with the property worth about $800.
  • Taking a power washer worth about $400.
  • Breaking into a building in the 11800 block of N.C. 97 and taking an Echo blower, a Husqvarna blower, a gasoline can containing fuel and a John Deere riding mower, with the property worth about $3,250.
  • Breaking into a building in the 6600 block of Leigh Road and taking an Echo weed trimmer worth about $250.
  • Taking a leaf blower worth about $200.
  • Breaking into a building in the 3600 block of Dunbarton Road and taking a leaf blower worth about $200.
  • Taking a riding mower worth about $1,000.
  • Breaking into a building in the 8700 block of Bend of the River Road and taking a refrigerator worth about $1,000.
  • Breaking into a building in the 3400 block of Pridgen Road and taking a blow heater worth about $250.