Two Shelby men have been charged with stealing a motorcycle from a Lincoln County murder site, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The men told deputies just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday that they were at Rosehill Drive in Lincolnton to repossess one of the resident’s Harley Davidson.
An agency press release said two witnesses spotted one of the suspects breaking into the home’s outbuilding earlier that afternoon before another man loaded the motorcycle, valued at $10,000, onto the back of a pickup truck.
Resident Terry Lee White, 54, shot his wife, Elizabeth Ruby White, 39, with a shotgun Saturday at the property, the Sheriff’s Office said.
When deputies questioned the men about removing the motorcycle, they claimed they worked for Rebuildable Cycles of Shelby and were repossessing the two-wheeled vehicle.
They did not have paperwork to prove their authority, deputies said.
Britt Fender, 65, and Wesley David Bollinger, 43, both of 2407 Easton Drive, were arrested and charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.
Each has since been released on a $10,000 secured bond.
However, White remains without bond in the county jail for first-degree murder and will appear in court again on June 13.
The Sheriff’s Office said he called the Communications Center immediately following the weekend shooting and confessed to the crime, stating he was also going to kill himself.
The incident sparked the first Lincoln County murder investigation of the year.