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Posted on: August 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Suspect charged for possessing firearm by a convicted felon, and breaking and entering

Robert Harkey

 Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on August 19th 2017 a report came into the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a breaking and entering to a home, larceny of a firearm, and larceny of medication. When Deputy W. Goforth arrived on scene he spoke with the victims who had discovered that medication had been stolen from their home along with a Glock model 22 .40 caliber handgun. The victim stated that he suspect Robert Kyle Harkey of Barn Hill Road Cleveland for the larceny. The victim told Deputy Goforth that Mr. Harkey was at the residence the day before working on the victim’s son’s car while no one was home at the residence. Deputy Goforth was able to discover that the victim’s son is in a dating relationship with Mr. Harkey’s daughter and that the victim’s son and Mr. Harkey’s daughter were at the residence on Barn Hill Road. Deputy Goforth was advised by the victim that his son and Mr. Harkey’s daughter learned about the stolen firearm and began looking around the residence and was able to locate the firearm in Mr. Harkey’s closet and confirmed that it was the stolen gun by serial number. Deputy Goforth arrived at Mr. Harkey’s residence and was able to make contact with Mr. Harkey and he agreed to come home to speak with him. When Mr. Harkey arrived at the house, Deputy Goforth, Detective Daniel Stikleather, and Detective Patrick Irwin were on the scene waiting for him. Mr. Harkey admitted to stealing the firearm from the residence and gave Detectives permission to search his house to retrieve it. The firearm was located as was over 60 Alprazolam (Xanax) that were not prescribed to Mr. Harkey. Mr. Harkey gave a written statement admitting to stealing the gun to use as leverage against the victim’s son for payment. Mr. Harkey also admitted that he knew he was not supposed to possess a firearm due to being a convicted felon. It was also discovered during the investigation that Mr. Harkey had sold the victim’s son a shotgun two years after being convicted of a felony. Mr. Harkey was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2015 that stemmed from a fatal hit and run with a cyclist in 2014 that occurred on Barry Oak Rd in Statesville. Mr. Harkey was then charged with two counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon, one count of felony breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and turned himself into the Iredell County Magistrate and was given a $15,000 secure bond.

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