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Iron Station suspect faces theft, drug charges



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Deputies arrested an Iron Station man Thursday on multiple felony charges after they located a stolen four-wheeler and shotgun along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia at his residence, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers had gone to the home of Dustin Edward Thomas, located at on N.C. 73, on suspicion they would find a four-wheeler that had been stolen from a nearby shed, an agency press release said.

Deputies took the 20-year-old resident into custody after verifying the small motor vehicle’s identification number matched the one that a neighbor had reported missing on Jan. 7, they said.

Thomas claimed the four-wheeler belonged to a friend, deputies said.

While at the residence, deputies said they also seized a stolen shotgun, less than half a pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The gun had been stolen from a third Iron Station residence on Altman Way, the release said.

Thomas remains behind bars under a $47,000 secured bond.

His charges include two felony counts each of possessing stolen goods, breaking and entering a building and larceny after breaking and entering along with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for possessing drug paraphernalia.

The four-wheeler is currently being held in the Sheriff’s Office impound lot, deputies said.

The case was investigated by Deputy F. Runyon along with Detectives D. Mauldin and M. Stamey.

According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Thomas already has at least one larceny conviction on his record from 2009 in Lincoln County.


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