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Officers: Intruder’s escape prevented



Staff Writer


Deputies skillfully kept a Lincolnton man from escaping the area business he broke into Sunday morning and arrested him on scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officers responded to Golden Shears Hairstyling and Tanning Salon on N.C. 182 around 2:15 a.m. after a caller told the Sheriff’s Office there was a “suspicious” person in the area, according to an agency press release.

Together, three deputies positioned themselves at the business’ front and back entrances, and one of the officers spotted a person inside the building “looking for an escape route,” the release said.

It wasn’t long before the man exited the business, where deputies were waiting.

The Sheriff’s Office said Michael Lee Sigmon, 40, of Grier Street, gained entry into the building by breaking a front door window.

Sigmon remains behind bars under a $15,000 secured bond for one felony count of breaking and entering and one misdemeanor count of vandalism-injury to real property.

Sigmon has a felony record in Lincoln County for breaking and entering vehicles and larceny in 2001, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website.

He was convicted of similar charges in the county in connection with two separate incidents along with felony burning property in 1990, NC DOC showed. His misdemeanor offenses include DWI, receiving stolen goods and assault on a female, among others.

Sigmon additionally spent more than 21 months in a state correctional facility for one of the breaking and entering convictions.


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