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Police arrest 3 for theft of car parts

Staff Writer
Police have arrested three people accused of stealing car parts for scrap metal earlier this month from a Lincolnton towing company.
On Wednesday, detectives apprehended Jason Self, 29, of 5142 Flay Road in Lincolnton, at the magistrate’s office while he was being sentenced for two felony convictions related to a separate incident.
According to the Lincoln County Clerk of Court’s Office, Self was found guilty Wednesday of breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a felon.
On Tuesday, officers charged Augusta Ann Smith, 21, of 1531 Highway 274 in Cherryville, and Steven Shawn Hamby, 24, of 421 North Pine Street in Cherryville, in connection with the November theft.
Cherryville Police was the arresting agency, according to a police report. Smith and Hamby were later turned over to Lincolnton Police and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, each under a $3,000 unsecured bond. They have since been released from jail.
However, Self remains behind bars under a $5,000 bond, according to the jail website.
The trio took more than one transmission and other motor vehicle parts from Hampton’s Wrecker Service on North Academy Street on Nov. 11, Det. Mark Sain said.
Police noted that the suspects were at the location retrieving belongings from a vehicle that had recently been wrecked.
Each suspect has been charged with at least one count of felony larceny.
Self previously served an 18-month prison sentence for a felony breaking and entering conviction in Gaston County in 2008, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.
He has at least two other felonies on his record for drug-related offenses in Lincoln County. NC DOC also revealed misdemeanors on his record include drug-use in the county and unauthorized use of motor conveyance in Jackson County.

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