Authorities are calling him the “H2O Bandit” – a thief who makes off with cash after distracting convenience store clerks by pouring water on floors.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the suspect struck twice on Wednesday between 4 and 5 p.m. at businesses on N.C. 150 east of Lincolnton.
At Falls Quick Stop, the suspect entered the store and emptied several bottles of water on the floor in front of a cooler and told the clerk on duty there was a water spill.
While the clerk was cleaning up the spill the man continued to talk to her but remained in front of the store, authorities said.
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When she completed the clean up and returned to the counter the man had left the store with about $350 in cash.
At the Country Corner Convenience Store, the man came into the business and went to the back of the store where he dumped several bottles of water. He reported the spill to the clerk.
The man was able to enter an “employees only” area near the office, but authorities don't believe anything was taken.
The suspect is described as a white male, 40 to 50 years old with brown hair. He was wearing blue athletic shorts and a long sleeve button-up shirt. The man was driving a white Ford Taurus with what appeared to be a 30-day tag.
Anyone with information should call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office detective division at 704-736-8856. -- Joe DePriest
Charlotte City Council will appoint members to the following boards on Oct. 27: Airport Advisory Committee, Community Relations Committee, Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Access Corporation, Domestic Violence Advisory Board, Historic District Commission and the Neighborhood Matching Grants Fund.
To get an application, call the City Clerk's Office at 704-336-2248, 8a.m.- 5 p.m. weekdays, or go the clerk's page on the city Web site: www.charmeck.org.
Applications are due to the clerk's office by 5 p.m. Oct 20. Julia Oliver
Philip Morris USA has chosen a broker that will market the cigarette manufacturer's massive property holdings in Concord, company officials said Friday.
Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle is a global real estate services firm that will market the 2,100-acre property and also manage the sales process, company spokeswoman Paige Magness said Friday.
Last year, Philip Morris announced it would phase out its Concord operations by 2010 and sell the highly visible prime land, which sits along U.S. 29 north of Lowe's Motor Speedway.
About 350 of the 2,100 acres is developed land. The assessed tax value of the entire parcel is close to $534 million, Magness said. -- Gail Smith-Arrants
Two young children who were trapped inside an SUV that turned over in a Lincoln County pond were still in critical condition Friday at Carolinas Medical Center.
Taylor Peyton, 5, and John Peyton, II, 2, were riding in the sport utility vehicle with their mother, Chasity Spivey, 23, of Maiden, when the SUV ran off Gladden Road east of Lincolnton on Tuesday night.
Spivey died from her injuries Wednesday morning at Carolinas Medical Center.
About 25 volunteers took part in the rescue of Spivey, her son and daughter. Authorities said the victims had no pulses when they were removed from the SUV, but were revived by CPR on the banks of the pond. Joe DePriest
It's a special anniversary in Charleston this weekend – the 60th reunion of the USS Yorktown Association.
The Yorktown is the aircraft carrier berthed on Charleston Harbor at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
The first carrier named Yorktown sank at the Battle of Midway during World War II. The second also served during World War II and later off Vietnam before it was retired and brought to Charleston in 1975.
A guided missile cruiser later carried the name Yorktown until it was decommissioned in 2004.
The reunion included a Friday memorial service among other events.
Today, 22 crew members who served aboard the Yorktowns will be on hand to talk with visitors aboard the carrier at Patriots Point. -- Associated Press
Coastal North Carolina towns and the state face a possible $5million price tag to dredge sections of a protected waterway for commercial and recreational boat traffic.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said it doesn't expect enough funding to dredge several places where inlets enter the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Star-News of Wilmington reported Friday.
Sand accumulates in those areas because of tidal surges and reduces the depth for boats and barges.
Police say a North Carolina woman hunting rats on her property caused a neighboring public school to keep its students and staff inside until police determined she wasn't a threat.
The Times-News of Hendersonville reported Friday that a bus driver saw the woman and officials thought she was an armed student on school property.
Police arrived at Balfour Education Center about 9 a.m. but later said the woman wasn't on school property and had a rifle to shoot rats.
A 48-year-old man living out of his car was charged with several residential break-ins, Gaston County police said Friday.
James Perry Pruitt was charged after a neighbor spotted a suspect breaking into a house on Woodstream Drive in Gastonia, authorities said. The suspect attempted to run but was caught by two detectives who were in the area investigating a series of break-ins that have occurred since early October.
According to Sgt. Christie Rhoney with Gaston County Police, the break-ins were in a five- to eight-mile radius in the southeastern part of the county. Property stolen included guns, jewelry and electronic and stereo equipment.
Rhoney said Pruitt has no current address and was living out of a white 1996 Dodge Neon registered in South Carolina.
Pruitt was being held in the Gaston County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. -- Joe DePriest
A Raleigh man has been charged with stealing gas cards and offering $20 fill-ups at area gas stations.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that 27-year-old Dillar Roe Johnson stole cards from an engineering company, then hung around gas stations offering fill-ups for $20.
Police are trying to find those who took advantage of the offer and say hundreds of people could be charged if they knew the cards were stolen.
Johnson is charged with three felony counts of financial card fraud, three felony counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and one count of financial card theft.
About $23,000 in gas was charged. The cards were used more than 300 times at more than two dozen stations. -- Associated Press