The use of a credit card stolen from a vehicle has led to charges in connection with several vehicle break-ins.
Deputies said they were dispatched to two vehicle break-in calls on Brookwood Road in Lincolnton on Saturday. In one of the break-ins, items in the vehicle had been moved around but nothing appeared to be taken, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
In the second reported vehicle break-in, the victim told officers that her purse, which contained a .380-caliber handgun, credit cards and identification, had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle overnight on Friday. The break-in was discovered Saturday morning. The credit card company called the victim to inquire about a number of purchases that had been made overnight, which alerted the victim to the break-in.
Deputies viewed surveillance video at Wal-Mart in Lincolnton, where purchases were allegedly made with one of the stolen credit cards. Using information from the video, officers identified one of the suspects. That led to a residence on Ginger Lane in Maiden, where a search warrant was executed. Deputies located items purchased at Wal-Mart with the stolen credit card and some of the belongings of the victim, according to a press release. The handgun was located near a bridge on Highway 16 near Highway 150.
Cameron Dewayne Jordan, 22, of Charlotte, was charged with one felony count each of conspiracy, obtaining property by false pretenses, possession of a stolen firearm, larceny of a firearm and breaking and entering a vehicle and one misdemeanor count each of conspiracy, possession of stolen goods and larceny. He was issued a $41,000 secured bond.
Brian Hady Karimian, 18, of Sherrills Ford, was charged with two felony counts each of obtaining property by false pretenses and aiding and abetting a felony and one felony count each of conspiracy and possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy. He was issued a $41,000 secured bond.
Melvin Patrick McCullah Jr., 21, of Ginger Lane in Maiden, was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods and was released on a $2,500 secured bond.
Deputies said Jordan and Karimian will also be charged with two additional vehicle break-ins on Brookwood Road.