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Deputies: Man cracked mother’s safe


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A Bessemer City man has been charged with burglarizing his mother’s home on Dec. 15.
Steven Brian Somerset, 24, 222 Young Road, Bessemer City, was arrested on Dec. 24 and charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and safecracking by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
A Sheriff’s Office press release said a woman who lives in the 1300 block of Wildale Lane in Lincolnton reported on Dec. 15 that her home had been broken into and items were stolen from her safe. The release said the woman had picked up Somerset in Bessemer City and was traveling toward Dallas when she told him she was going to press charges against him for the theft of a GPS unit that had been previously stolen from her. Somerset exited the vehicle in Dallas.
The woman later learned that her home had been burglarized.
The release said several pieces of jewelry, valued at over $10,000, were missing from the woman’s safe.
Some of the stolen jewelry was recovered from a jewelry store in Gastonia, while the remaining missing items were likely sold to a dealer at the Dallas Flea Market.
Somerset has a lengthy criminal record, with misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 2006 from Lincoln and Gaston counties. He’s previously been convicted of a host of property crimes.
Somerset remains held in the Harven A.Crouse Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond.

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