Deputies believe recent vehicular break-ins in Lincolnton and Denver may be related.
According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office press release, four vehicles on the county’s eastern end were targeted this week. Deputies received reports Thursday of break-ins along the 8000 block of Mariner’s Pointe Circle, the 2300 block of Smith Cove Road and the 2100 block of Lake Breeze Lane.
Credit cards, a driver’s license and Social Security card along with two wallets and two GPS units were stolen in the incidents, the release said.
One of the victim’s told the Sheriff’s Office he heard his dog around 2:45 a.m. Thursday and woke to find three individuals near his and his neighbor’s vehicles.
The trio, whom a witness said appeared to be teenagers, ran to their silver four-door vehicle after being spotted.
One of the individuals, described as having shaggy, blonde hair and wearing a white sweatshirt, matched the description of a person seen Monday in the King’s Grant subdivision, where deputies said as many as 15 unlocked vehicles were targeted.
A second individual, also believed to be a young teen, was additionally spotted in the Kings Grant neighborhood earlier this week, the release said.
No vehicles received damage in the incidents.
The Sheriff’s Office reminded residents to keep keys and others valuables out of vehicles and to park in well-lit locations.
Most importantly, deputies stressed the importance of locking vehicles.
Anyone with information on the break-ins is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at(704) 732-9050 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 736-8909. Tips may be anonymous, and any tips leading to an arrest could receive a reward of up to $1,000.