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Gaston County man charged with breaking into mom’s home

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- Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Steven Brian Somerset, of Bessemer City, has been accused by Lincoln County authorities of breaking into his mother’s home and taking more than $10,000 worth of jewelry from her. (Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office photo)

A Gaston County man broke into his mother’s house and stole jewelry from a safe, Lincoln County authorities say.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s 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 Somerset’s 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 mother’s 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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