Deputies arrested a man and woman in connection with a Lincoln County break-in Tuesday morning after area residents saw the pair stealing items from the home’s garage, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
“Without help from neighbors this may have been a crime that would not have been solved,” Sheriff David Carpenter said in a department press release.
Jennifer Hamrick Ray, 38, of 322-A Carter Street in Lincolnton, and Thomas M. Rivera, 23, of 233 Delview Drive in Cherryville, were charged with breaking into a home on North Hill Drive in Lincolnton.
Neighbors called 911 around 8 a.m. after spotting Ray and Rivera taking an air compressor from the residence before fleeing the area, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the neighbors also reported growing suspicious after noting the suspects’ vehicle was missing a tag.
The Lincoln County Communications Center notified deputies of the vehicle’s description, and officers later located the suspects on Startown Road.
Deputies pursued the suspects until reaching Victor Street and North Grove Street near downtown Lincolnton, the release said.
In addition to an air compressor, the suspects allegedly stole a cordless drill, hedge trimmers and various Craftsmen socket sets as well as other items from what deputies believed stemmed from a second home invasion. The items have been recovered.
Both Rivera and Ray each face one count of breaking and entering a building and larceny after breaking and entering. Rivera additionally faces a charge of possession of stolen goods.
Each suspect remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, Ray under a $25,000 secured bond and Rivera under no bond due to a probation violation, deputies said.