Two Lincolnton women are accused of driving up to 50 different mailboxes on the county’s eastern end, stealing cash and gift cards to pay for their children’s Christmas presents, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies located the suspects’ vehicle on the wrong side of the road around 9 p.m. Monday on Old Plank Road, near the intersection of June Dellinger Road in Stanley, according to an agency press release.
Deputies said three small children were also in the back seat at the time.
Witnesses had contacted the Communications Center earlier that evening regarding a suspicious red Honda stopping at various mailboxes in the area.
Communications then relayed the message to deputies, who stopped the vehicle.
The women, Lyndsay Lee Thacker, 27, and Kasey Danielle Turner, 26, told officers they were trying to learn a new paper route they were about to start, the release said.
Following further questioning, the suspects later confessed to their alleged scheme, which involved removing items from mailboxes, deputies said.
Deputies said the women targeted boxes along 11 different roads including Basin Lane, Burgin Trail, Cabin Lane, Mt. Zion Church Road, Old Plank Road, Fountain Lane, N.C. 16, Lowes Lane, South Ingleside Farm Road, Little Egypt Road and Dayton Lane.
During a search of the vehicle, officers said they seized a trash bag filled with the stolen property on the passenger side.
Detective Frank Runyon investigated the incident and interviewed the women at the Sheriff’s Office.
The children in the vehicle were handed over to a mother of one of the suspects, deputies said.
Thacker, who lives at 2968 Gates Road, and Turner, a resident of 2705 Philadelphia Church Road, were each charged with one count of misdemeanor larceny and placed in the Lincoln County jail under a $10,000 secured bond apiece.
The United States Postal Service may file additional charges in the case, deputies said. The Sheriff’s Office notified the federal agency of the alleged crimes following the incident.