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Deputies charge man with theft from ex-girlfriend’s residence

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Gaston County man is accused of punching out a bathroom window in order to break into his ex-girlfriend’s Lincoln County residence in June, deputies have said.
Sheriff’s Office investigators lifted several fingerprints from the scene in order to finally apprehend Michael Alvin Punch on Tuesday.
Punch, 29, of 412 East Main Street in Dallas, broke into a home on the 3100 block of Laboratory Road in Lincolnton on June 21, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The resident told deputies she discovered the broken window when she returned home as well as several missing video games, firearms, jewelry items and other electronics. Stolen items were valued at nearly $4,000, deputies said.
The Gaston County Police Department assisted Lincoln County deputies with the investigation including analyzing the crime scene’s fingerprint cards.
Deputies charged Punch with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. He remains in the Lincoln County jail under a $5,000 secured bond.
He is also no stranger to the criminal justice system, serving at least a one-year prison sentence for similar crimes in 2006 in Gaston County, the North Carolina Department of Correction website listed.

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