JENNA-LEY HARRISON, STAFF WRITER
A Gaston County man with a history of felony convictions has been connected to two separate break-ins Tuesday morning at automotive businesses in Lincoln Countyâ€™s eastern end.
The break-ins occurred only an hour apart from one another, authorities said.
Joshua David Carter, 23, of 304-A John Logan Lane in Gastonia, is accused of breaking into Clark Tire on N.C. 16 in Denver around 4:45 a.m., following a break-in at Meineke Car Care Center on N.C. 73 in Catawba Springs at 3:45 a.m., deputies said.
In both instances, a window was broken at the business. However, employees from both Meineke and Clark Tire confirmed with authorities that no items were stolen from either site.
Meineke video surveillance particularly revealed that Carter had a four-way tire iron in his possession and had checked all entrances to the facility and all vehicles on the property before fleeing the premises, authorities noted.
Shortly after deputies said they responded to the second alarm call, they located Carterâ€™s four-door sedan on N.C. 73.
After authorities questioned the suspect, he confessed to breaking into Meineke, a press release stated.
Carter faces two felony counts of breaking and entering a building and is currently being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction Website, Carter was convicted in Tennessee in April 2010 for felony shoplifting and larceny from merchant. As a result, he was sentenced to at least four years probation, records showed.
In April 2011, Lincoln County authorities found him guilty of speeding to elude arrest and larceny of a motor vehicle.