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Deputies: Traffic stop nets tire thieves



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Lincoln County deputies locked up a Burke County man and woman, accused of stealing tires from a Cleveland County residence, following a traffic stop Wednesday morning on N.C. 18, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Michael Allen Bumgarner, 27, of 5387 Old N.C. 18 in Connelly Springs, admitted to deputies that he took the tires, valued at $350, after first telling them he got them from a friend, according to an agency press release.

Lincoln County Deputy Shannon Pippen stopped Bumgarner’s vehicle around 2 a.m. near the Catawba County line after he said the suspect was speeding north down the area roadway.

Pippen said Tanya Lynn Gray, 31, who lives with Bumgarner, was also inside the vehicle.

Bumgarner told Pippen he didn’t have a driver’s license; Gray said she only had an identification card, the release said.

Deputies transported the man to Cleveland County to return the tires, and there, local officers charged him with larceny.

Both suspects had outstanding warrants, the release said.

Bumgarner was additionally charged with one misdemeanor count each of probation violation, speeding, driving while license revoked, open container of alcohol and possession of stolen goods. He was later released from the Lincoln County jail on a $4,000 secured bond, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Gray was released on a $750 secured bond after deputies served her a warrant for failure to appear and charged her with one misdemeanor count of larceny.


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