Police recently apprehended a man with an extensive criminal background for allegedly burglarizing the Roses in Englewood Square in the 3000 block of Sunset Avenue in the Greenfield area of the city.

Phillip Shearin, 56, is charged with attempted breaking and entering of the discount store and his bond was set at $5,000 unsecured, Nash County District Court records said.

Officers at 11 p.m. on Monday responded to a breaking and entering in progress at the store, police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in an email.

Shearin could be seen on surveillance video footage having used a wooden board to break the glass front door and having unsuccessfully tried to remove a coin-operated machine, Jackson said.

Shearin had been driving a vehicle matching the description given in a previous call to the emergency operator regarding unauthorized use of a vehicle, Jackson said.

Officers went to the address of that call for service, located the vehicle and took Shearin into custody, Jackson said.

In North Carolina, an unsecured bond generally means the person charged with an offense does not have to pay the amount of the bond to be released from jail.

Shearin, of the 14200 block of West Alternate U.S. 64, is due back in court on March 4 and the court appointed attorney Mike Eatmon to represent him.

Shearin’s arrest occurred while he already is under indictment in Nash County Superior Court for felony larceny, breaking and entering and injury to personal property.


Superior Court documents said a grand jury on July 13 charged Shearin with stealing a 2011 Ford F-150 truck worth about $15,000 belonging to Lambert’s Cable Splicing Co., which is along South Wesleyan Boulevard northwest of the intersection with South Church Street.

The documents also said Shearin entered a fenced work yard at the business and damaged the fence in the process.

The documents said the offenses occurred on Feb. 18, 2020.

State Public Safety records also said Shearin has a list of convictions dating as far back as 1985, with the list comprising more than seven pages of a printout.

The records said Shearin was:

  • Convicted in 2014 in Nash County for breaking and entering.
  • Convicted in 2007 in Edgecombe County for felony breaking and entering and larceny over $1,000.
  • Convicted in 2001 in Nash County for felony breaking and entering, larceny, assault with a deadly weapon on government officers or employees and for being a habitual felon.
  • Convicted in 2001 in Cumberland County for felony breaking and entering and breaking and entering vehicles.

Convicted in 1998 in Nash County for felony breaking and entering, attempted felony breaking and entering, larceny, simple assault/affray and driving while his license was revoked.

  • Cconvicted in 1992 in Edgecombe County for driving while impaired.
  • Convicted in 1990 in Edgecombe County for selling illegal drugs.
  • Convicted in 1985 in Edgecombe County for felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, misdemeanor breaking and entering, larceny over $200 and selling illegal drugs.