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Cell battery thefts in Lincoln County latest charges for four Concord men

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives charged four Cabarrus County men in connection with a four-month spree of battery thefts from cell sites throughout the county.

The thefts of the deep cycle batteries from seven cell sites took place between April and July. They were sold to scrap yards, authorities said. More than 33,000 pounds of batteries stolen in Lincoln County and surrounding counties were found at scrap yards.

Charged with seven felony larceny counts and seven felony counts of possession of stolen goods are: Wesley Heath Ratcliffe, 32; Damian Robert Phillips, 21; Nicholas Anthony Frazier, 20; and Andrew Ronald Gehl, 20, all from Concord.

The four are already being held in different jails on a variety of charges. Gehl is being held in the Cabarrus County Jail under a $42,500 secured bond; Ratcliff is in the same jail under a $49,700 secured bond.

Phillips is being held under $49,700 secured bond in the Rowan County Jail, along with Frazier under a $71,000 bond.

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