Lincoln County deputies arrested a Mecklenburg County man and a Cabarrus County teen this month on accusations they stole more than 100 used vehicle batteries from a Wal-Mart store in the central part of the state, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies served Ulysses Evans, 25, of 1919 Eastway Drive Apt. F in Charlotte, and Donovan Jamal Gaines, 19, of 1737 Clemson Street in Kannapolis, with warrants for one count each of first-degree trespassing and felony larceny for stealing 127 used vehicle batteries, worth more than $1,000, from a Stanly County Wal-Mart earlier this year, a report said.
A witness contacted the Lincoln County Communications Center just after 1 a.m. Sunday after spotting the two men parked in a suspicious-looking vehicle near the pharmacy side of the Wal-Mart on N.C. 73 in Denver, deputies said.
Each suspect has since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond.
Gaines has a history of breaking and entering, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. A Mecklenburg County judge found him guilty of the felony offense in 2010, sentencing him to at least six months behind bars. Gaines was most recently convicted of a drug-related charge in July in the same county, the site listed.