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 theyâ€™ll begin contacting those residents today. But to speed up the process, theyâ€™re asking people to contact them.
â€œWe still need more people to call,â€ Detective Kameron Keener said, adding that heâ€™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 â€œA.J.â€ 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. Heâ€™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