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Fourth break-in suspect at large

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

One of four suspects remains at large, wanted on felony charges, after police investigators said they group broke into the old Moose Lodge building last week on the city’s northern end.

Officers have already charged Brittany Rose Graham, 25, of 8142 Parkview Lane in Lincolnton, Stephanie Nicole Baxter, 29, of 102 Babs Court in Lincolnton and James Baxter, 45, of South Gray Street in Gastonia, according to police reports.

Police are looking for the fourth person, a white male, who was also involved in the incident, Lt. Brian Greene told the Times-News on Friday. Police could not release the man’s name at time of publication since warrants had yet to be officially secured.

The four individuals broke into the facility around 3 p.m. Tuesday most likely in search of scrap metal, police said.

A witness alerted officers to the break-in last week, forcing the two men to flee the property on foot.

As a result, Lincoln County deputies teamed up with police to search the area for the suspects behind the facility near Industrial Park Road, Greene said.

Graham and Stephanie Baxter have since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, each on a $10,000 secured bond. James Baxter remains in jail under a $10,000 secured bond.

According to public records on the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Stephanie Baxter was found guilty of felony drug-related charges in Catawba County in 2006.

In addition, since 1983, James Baxter has been convicted of numerous crimes in Lincoln and Gaston counties including second-degree rape, indecent liberties with a child, larceny, breaking and entering, possessing stolen goods, assault on a policeman and breaking and entering vehicles.

In 1989, he also tried to escape the Lincoln County jail and took a fellow prisoner hostage, according to NC DOC.

 

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