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Police seek to find owners of items stolen from mini-storage units

During the early morning hours Thursday, three people allegedly broke into 26 mini-storage units, stealing van-loads of property.
The items are now being held at the Lincolnton Police Department, and detectives there are trying to return the property to the owners.
This morning police received a list of those who rented storage units at Downtown Mini Storage on Water Street, and they’ll begin contacting those residents today. But to speed up the process, they’re asking people to contact them.
“We still need more people to call,” Detective Kameron Keener said, adding that he’s having trouble getting in touch with some of the owners.
The following rental units were broken into last week: 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 50, 49, 48, 47, 46, 45, 44, 42, 41, 69, 67, 66, 61.
The stolen items include cameras, televisions, stereos, toolboxes and lawnmowers.
Two teen-agers and their grandfather will be charged with the break-ins and thefts, Keener said Friday.
David Watson, 56, of 720 E. Lincoln St. and his grandson, Ausburn Jerry “A.J.” Bridges, 18, of 638 Oates Road in Gastonia, are facing 26 counts of breaking and entering, 10 counts of larceny and one count of possession, Keener said.
The other teen-ager, a juvenile, will be in juvenile court today, Keener said. He’s also suspected of breaking into newspaper boxes and a Federal Express box.Property owners should call Keener at the Lincolnton Police Department at 704-736-8900 as soon as possible to claim their itemsby Alice Smith

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