Authorities have made an arrest in connection with a mysterious tire theft that occurred earlier this fall in which multiple wheels and tires were taken from Lincolnton Police and Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office patrol vehicles that had been parked in a Lincolnton lot.
But officers donâ€™t yet believe theyâ€™ve solved the case.
Deputies have charged a Pennsylvania man in the incident. However, Sheriffâ€™s Office authorities do not think that the suspect actually had a hand in stealing the tires.
He is accused of receiving the stolen tires and having a local business install them on his vehicle, authorities said.
Jonathan Wesley Herder, 58, of 5451 Rosetta Street in Pittsburgh, was charged with buying and receiving stolen property and is currently being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.
The local business installed the tires on Herderâ€™s Jeep, but business officials told deputies that, at the time, they were not aware that the tires had been stolen.
Authorities located the tires at a residence on the 300 block of East Hoke Street but said they are continuing to hunt for the stolen wheels.
Seven tires were taken from the Crown Victoria patrol cars, which were purchased in September and were being stationed at a lot on Gaston Street, deputies said.
It is not known exactly when the tires were taken, but Sheriffâ€™s Office authorities estimated that they were taken on more than one occasion between Oct. 26 and Nov. 9, the day deputies said they discovered the theft.
Sheriffâ€™s Lt. Tim Johnson is heading the ongoing investigation.
Herder is expected to make a first appearance in a Lincoln County courtroom on the charge today.
According to the Sheriffâ€™s Office, local authorities apprehended Herder for attempted larceny last month. On Oct. 22, deputies said they observed him opening gas lids on multiple vehicles at H & A Auto Dealers, on Reepsville Road.
On Nov. 1, Herder was released from the Lincoln County jail after posting a $2,500 secured bond. His court date for the larceny charge is set for mid-December.