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Deputies: Suspect brought toddler along for break-in



Staff Writer


A Lincolnton man is set to appear in court today on accusations he broke into a neighbor’s home last week on the northeastern end of the county while in the company of a toddler.

Deputies located a passed-out Clarence Ray Barnette, 46, of 4493 Maiden Highway, and his 20-month-old son lying in a cold ditch Friday morning near the intersection of Maiden Highway and Springs East Road, on the county’s northeastern end, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

Deputies searched the area for the man after they responded around 9:30 a.m. to a breaking-and-entering call at Barnette’s neighbor’s home, where they found the front door kicked in, the release said. Area residents told officers they had spotted the suspect exit the residence earlier that morning and walk south on Maiden Highway.

Deputies said Barnette ransacked the home and removed multiple items, including cash, cordless phones and a revolver, which deputies later located in the driveway.

He’s also accused of stealing jewelry, prescription pills and a toy from the residence; all items have been recovered, deputies said.

Deputies said they warmed the suspect’s son, who was unharmed, in a patrol car following the incident.

Department of Social Services has since taken custody of the child, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Barnette, who remains in jail under a $17, 500 secured bond, faces multiple charges including one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods along with one misdemeanor count each for child abuse and failure to appear.

Investigating officers included Deputy T. Glover, Sgt. R. Jefferies and Detectives M. Lykins and K. Paris.


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