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Police: Good Samaritan role backfires on man

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- Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Nadine Gearhart, 38, is accused of stealing more than $11,000 worth of items from a man who invited Gearhart and her husband to live with him, Lincoln County authorities say. (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office photo.)

A Denver, N.C., man’s kindness cost him more than $11,000 worth of his personal belongings, Lincoln County authorities say.

Deputies say one of the two people that the man invited to live in his home is accused of stealing a coin collection, cash and ammunition. Most of the items were pawned off, and the Good Samaritan will not be able to recover them, investigators said.

According to deputies, a man who lives in the 2300 block of McCloud Street had invited a couple to live with him several months ago because they were in need of a home.

But in late November, the man said he noticed items missing from his home. The victim went to the Sheriff’s Office Dec. 2 and reported he was missing more than $5,000 in cash, his coin collection worth $4,000, and about $2,000 worth of ammunition.

Sheriff’s deputies said the investigation determined that one of the two guests had visited a pawn shop several times between September and early December.

Authorities then charged Nadine Marie Gearhart, 38, with five counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods.

Her husband was not charged, deputies said.

Gearhart is jailed under $27,500 bond.

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