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Wave of break-ins keeps deputies busy

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies have been inundated with a number of break-in cases from all corners of the county over the last week.
Deputies responded Saturday to a home on the 3500 block of Maiden Highway, northeast of Lincolnton, in reference to a stolen vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A resident told officers he woke up and discovered that a trailer with his motorcycle, worth $40,000, had been removed from his property along with five helmets and multiple accessories. Deputies valued the trailer at $8,000 and determined the thief approached the residence by way of Robinwood Lane.
Two days earlier, thieves targeted a local business, taking more than $6,000 in freon gas, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A concrete planter was used Friday to break a window and gain entry into Bob’s Repair Service on N.C. 27, west of Lincolnton, causing $1,200 in damage to the building, according to a report. Sheriff’s detectives received word of the crime just before 5 a.m.
On Thursday, thieves additionally stole items from two residences on the county’s western end.
Deputies responded to an alarm call on the 5400 block of Gilbert Hilton Road regarding a breaking and entering and larceny. When deputies arrived on scene, the home’s owner told them it was the second time in two days that someone had broken into his outbuilding, removing tools and vehicle parts. He provided officers with potential suspects in the case, a report said.
A residence on Shoal Road was broken into on the same day. The home’s owner told deputies he was getting ready to evict the residents, who needed to be out by Monday. He later stopped by the home for a check and discovered the back door open along with a missing window air conditioner and refrigerator, a report said.
Deputies are continuing to investigate each case as no arrests have been made at this time.

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