A Lincolnton man is facing 35 criminal charges after Sheriff’s deputies said he broke into numerous vehicles earlier this fall in subdivisions east of N.C. 150.
Detectives arrested Allen Scott Waters, II, 23, of 1046 Mansion Drive, on Monday and charged him with multiple counts of breaking and entering a vehicle, felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor injury to real property and misdemeanor larceny.
He’s accused of breaking into vehicles in October and November on Queens Drive, Royal Drive, Arden Drive, Prince Drive, Fernwood Drive, Briarwood Road, and Old Mill Road, all in Lincoln County.
A surveillance camera at one of the victim’s homes recorded Waters, and earlier this month, deputies released the photo to area news media outlets, from which someone from the public positively identified him, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Detectives also discovered identifications cards, credit cards and multiple cell phones piled in trash bags at the suspect’s girlfriend’s home, also on Mansion Drive.
Community members tipped off law enforcement officials about the incidents.
Sheriff David Carpenter praised residents in a recent press release for contributing to the case by notifying the Sheriff’s Office about ongoing criminal activity in the area.
“This is another incident where tips from our citizens have aided our agency in the solving of crimes in their neighborhoods,” he said. “Clearly, without the information that was given to our detectives, these cases could have gone unsolved, and it proves that by working hand in hand with our citizens, we will solve these crimes together.”
Detectives have since recovered a number of the stolen items including two laptops, a camera and Ipod, three cellphones and multiple identification and credit cards.
Waters, who spent a year in jail for similar felony charges, remains under a $15,000 secured bond.
A Gaston County judge found him guilty of breaking and entering in unrelated incidents in 2010 and 2007, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. Additional charges on his record include larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering vending machines and credit card theft.
Sheriff’s detectives Kelly Paris, Jon Propst and Matt Lykins investigated the break-ins.