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5 teens charged in Lincoln thefts

Deputies have arrested five teens and are seeking a sixth suspect in connection with burglaries from vehicles in recent weeks across eastern Lincoln County.

The fiove were arrested Friday. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says information from a citizen helped lead detectives to the suspects.

The break-ins were reported in the Killing Crossing Subdivision, authorities say. The recovered items included Lincoln County Emergency Management equipment taken by a vehicle in Catawba County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Charges in the case were:

Hunter AJames Blanton, 17, Denver; three counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle; one count each of larceny, possession of stolen goods, and obtaining property by false pretense.

Anthony Labrada, 18, Claremont; three counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle; one count of felony larcey.

Morrissey Isaac Muniz, 17, Catawba; three counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle; one count of larceny.

Devin Nix, 18, Denver; one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods.

Tyler Tazly Simmons, 16, Newton; three counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, and one count of larceny.

Deputies say they are seeking Kenneth Ryan, 18, of Mooresville.

Investigators are continuing to look into a series of vehicle break-ins reported Aug. 15 in Lincoln and Catawba counties. Those affected Mariners Pointe Circle, Smith Cove Road, and a Lake Breeze Lane.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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