Three men were arrested after a neighbor spotted them stealing an A/C unit from an unoccupied residence in Lincolnton Thursday morning, according to deputies.
The incident occurred just before 10 a.m. at a home on Drew Drive, where two of the suspects lived, authorities said.
According to a Sheriffâ€™s Office press release, deputies responded to the scene after a neighbor called 911. The suspects were spotted in the area driving a Chevrolet Camaro.
During the traffic stop, back up officers were called to assist, and deputies said they discovered an outside A/C unit inside the vehicle.
Those charged in the incident include David Michael Henry, 30, of 16 East J. St. in Maiden, Glenn Wilson Smith Jr., 46, of 1833 Drew Dr. in Lincolnton, and Christopher Scott Withers, 28, of 1788 Drew Dr. in Lincolnton.
Each suspect faces one-count each of felony larceny and misdemeanor injury to real property. Deputies additionally served Smith a warrant for failure to comply.
The A/C unit, valued at more than $2,000, has since been returned to the owner.
Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter praised the witness who alerted authorities, stating in a press release such action â€œon the part of citizensâ€ is necessary to prevent similar crimes. He again stressed the importance of people notifying 911 of any suspicious activity or â€œcrimes in progressâ€ occurring in their areas.
Henry and Withers have since been released from jail, each on a $5,000 secured bond. Smith remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,795 secured bond.
Heâ€™s also the only suspect with a criminal history listed on the North Carolina Department of Correction website. Smithâ€™s convictions date back to 1991 in Mecklenburg and Swain Counties. His misdemeanor offenses include assault on a female, communicating threats, two separate instances of DWI and assault on an officer.
Deputies Travis Glover, Lonnie Leonard, Raymond Alger and Sgt. Jordan Cody assisted with the incident.