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Suspect charged in theft of shotguns, break-in


A man was taken into custody last week on multiple felony charges after he allegedly took two shotguns from a home in Lincolnton four months ago.

On June 14, Steven Lee Michael, 29,of 2558 Ellys Street in Lincolnton, broke into a residence in the 300 block of Hilltop Road, stealing a .40 caliber Hi-Point Carbine and a 12-guage Mossberg, deputies said.

Michael was apprehended on Thursday following a traffic stop on N.C. 27, near the intersection of Low Bridge Road in the Ironton township, said Sheriff’s Office authorities.

Michael was served warrants for breaking and entering a building, larceny of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon.

He was booked in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond but has since been released.

Michael has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1999, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction Website. In May, he was released from a state correctional facility after being locked up for nearly six months for uttering a forged instrument / paper in the county in Aug. 2010.

The offense is one of at least nine felony convictions listed on his public criminal record.

According to NC DOC, he was found guilty in the county two years ago of larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering vehicles. In addition, he has similar charges from Mecklenburg and Caldwell Counties in 2005 and 2003.

Michael additionally has multiple misdemeanors for drug-related offenses, simple assault, unauthorized use of a motor conveyance and operating a vehicle without a license.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Grinnell is credited with Thursday’s arrest.


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