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4 Lincoln suspects in Newton car theft

Staff Writer

Four Lincoln County men have been accused of stealing a vehicle from a used car lot last month in Catawba County.
The vehicle was stolen sometime in December from Danner Auto Sales in Newton, according to Newton Police Detective Brian Cloninger.
Authorities said the vehicle showed up at a Cherryville scrap yard on Dec. 12, the day before a report was taken out on the incident.
All four Lincolnton residents were charged Saturday and include Kyle Daniel Sisk, 30, of 184 Nicholson Rd., Armod Rashad Hunt, 23, of 102 Bryans Way, Danny Eugene Helms, 49, of 1827 Baldwin Ln., and Carl Franklin Lewis, 41, of 2521 Moss Trail.
Lincolnton police picked up Hunt during a traffic stop on East Main St. Cloninger said he’s not surprised since the suspect doesn’t have a valid driver’s license.
Officials at the scrap yard aided police in an investigation, revealing the names of the individuals who dropped off the vehicle, Newton authorities said.
All four suspects have since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, each on a $2,000 bond.
Cloninger said the theft case is just about closed and that authorities will probably never know which of the four suspects actually took the vehicle. However, they are certain that each of the suspects was somehow involved in the incident.
Police said they’re currently waiting on the local district attorney’s office to determine whether or not they’ll prosecute or indict the suspects.
All four individuals have criminal histories listed on the North Carolina Department of Correction website, but except for Helms, have been convicted of only misdemeanor crimes in the state.
Helms’ record dates back to 1982 and includes offenses in both Lincoln and Catawba County for felony larceny, worthless check, larceny after breaking and entering, damage to property, level three DWI and multiple counts of driving with a revoked license, among others.
Sisk was convicted in 2006 of possessing stolen goods, NC DOC showed. In addition, Hunt has two misdemeanors for driving with a revoked license two years ago in Lincoln County and larceny the same year in Iredell County. Lastly, Lewis was found guilty in Catawba County in 2005 for assault on a female and Lincoln County in 2010 for communicating threats.

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