A Gaston County man broke into his mothers house and stole jewelry from a safe, Lincoln County authorities say.
The Lincoln County Sheriffs Office says Steven Brian Somerset, 24, of Bessmer City, was arrested on Christmas Eve and charged with one count each of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and safecracking.
He is jailed under $150,000 bond, authorities say.
Investigators say Somersets mother had picked him up in Bessemer City on Dec. 15 and made a stop at a store in Cherryville before heading to her home in Dallas. Authorities say the son got out of the car in Cherryville, and the woman received a call shortly afterewards from police, who said her home had been burglarized.
Deputies say necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry worth more than $10,000 was missing from the mothers safe.
Some of the jewelry was recovered at a jewelry store in Gastonia, investigators say. The other items are believed to have been sold to a dealer at a flea market in Dallas, according to deputies.
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