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Deputies: Stun gun needed to halt break-in suspect

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies were forced to use a stun gun on a Lincolnton man fleeing the scene of a break-in over the weekend in southern Lincoln County, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A neighbor called 911 after spotting two men breaking into an outbuilding Saturday afternoon on the 2100 block of Old Carpenter Lane, according to a department press release.
Deputies arrested David Eugene Mosteller, 23, of 1841 Bill Lynch Road, and 56-year-old Earl Gary Brooks and charged them each with one felony of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.
Mosteller also faces one count each of possession of marijuana and resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer after deputies said he fled the scene and into a nearby wooded area.
Deputies pursued him on foot for nearly 200 feet before using a stun gun on him, the press release said.
The suspects tried to take antique items from the property’s storage sheds and also gained access into the residence. Deputies located lawn equipment and an air compressor on the back of a suspect’s truck, the release said.
Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene to treat injuries that one of the deputies sustained in the foot chase.
Mosteller has a criminal history in Burke and Lincoln counties, spending more than a year behind bars for armed robbery in Lincoln County in 2007, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. He was additionally convicted twice in 2011 for separate incidents of driving with a revoked license.
Brooks has at least three felonies on his record, all in Lincoln County, for escaping prison in 1983, larceny in 1978 and breaking and entering vehicles in 1975, NC DOC revealed.
Both men have been released, each on a $10,000 secured bond.

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