Evidence found in a trash bag has led Lincoln County authorities to charge a 23-year-old man in connection with a rash of vehicle break-ins over a month-long period, the sheriff’s office says.
Allen Scott Waters II, of Lincolnton, was arrested this week. He faces 35 charges, including felony breaking and entering a vehicle, felony larceny, and felony possession of stolen goods.
Deputies say the break-ins happened between Oct. 21 and Nov. 17 to vehicles at homes on Queens Drive, Royal Drive, Arden Drive, Prince Drive, Fernwood Drive, Briarwood Road and Old Mill Road in Lincolnton.
Investigators say they got a break in the case when someone at Waters’ girlfriend’s home on Mansion Drive found identification cards, credit cards and cell phones in a trash bag. Deputies say Waters was identified after a photo from a surveillance camera at a victim’s home was published and broadcast by media.
Detectives say they recovered two laptop computers; three cell phones; a camera; an iPod; and a number of ID’s and credit cards.
“This is another incident where tips from our citizens have aided our agency in solving crimes in neighborhoods,” Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said. “Clearly, without the information that was given to our detectives, these cases could have gone unsolved.”
Waters is jailed under $15,000 bond, the sheriff’s office says.