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Second suspect charged for Christian Ministry break-ins

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

More than two weeks after thieves targeted East Lincoln Christian Ministry in Denver, the case closed Friday with the arrest of a second suspect.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives said they arrested Elizabeth Parker, 33, of the 3100 block of Mack Ballard Road in Maiden, around 11 a.m. after she turned herself in at the Charlie district office, located on N.C. 16 in Denver.
Deputies had already arrested Sarah Elizabeth Leatherman, 44, of the 3900 block of East Maiden Road in Maiden, on Thursday at a home in Sherrills Ford, an agency press release said.
Both women have been charged with two felony counts each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.
Detectives said the pair used an access door to enter the nonprofit organization, located on Catawba Burris Road in Denver, around 2:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 30.
Video surveillance at the site recorded the suspects taking items from the facility, deputies said.
Not only did they steal $150 in clothing but also nearly $1,000 in additional property, the release said.
Sheriff’s Detective M. Stamey followed up on numerous tips in the case, leading to the suspects’ identification and arrest. The Sheriff’s Office also credited a quick investigation and apprehension of suspects to assistance from area media outlets.
The video was also uploaded to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
According to public records on the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Parker has a felony drug history in the county.
In 2008, she was found guilty of trafficking a schedule II controlled substance and spent four months in a state correctional facility for the offense.
Both women have since been released from the county jail, each on a $3,500 secured bond.

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