A Lincoln County woman was arrested over the weekend and charged in connection with several thefts of batteries from vehicles around the county, authorities say.
Investigators said hard work by detectives and a tip from the public helped lead to the arrest of the suspect, identified as Helen Elizabeth Dibari, 26, of Vale.
The thefts were reported at several locations between July 25 and Aug. 3, investigators said. The sheriff’s office said Deputy Jason Counts spotted what he thought was a suspicious vehicle near one of the thefts and then noticed the vehicle was gone.
Investigators said Counts checked the license tag number and went to the residence where the vehicle was registered. Nobody came to the door of the residence, but Counts said the vehicle’s engine was still hot.
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Deputies then got a tip from the public, and Detective Jon Propst said he learned the suspect planned on committing additional thefts. Propst set up surveillance Saturday night, and investigators said Dibari was arrested early Sunday.
Dibari was charged with four counts each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. She was released on $12,500 bond, authorities said.
Investigators said Dibari implicated a second suspect, who is jailed in Burke County on a separate charge. Lincoln County authorities say the second suspect will also be charged in connection with the battery thefts.