Crime

Man charged in theft from Lincoln County cell tower

Brandon Jackson Kirby
Brandon Jackson Kirby Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Lincoln County sheriff’s detectives arrested a Lowell man in connection with a break-in and theft from a western Lincoln County cell tower site.

Detective David Brooks charged Brandon Jackson Kirby, 34, with one felony count of larceny and one misdemeanor count each of first-degree trespassing and injury to real property.

On or about May 3, investigators said, the Verizon Wireless cell tower site on County Line Trail was entered and $10,000 worth of HVAC coils were removed.

Kirby faces similar charges in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, sheriff’s investigators said.

Lincoln County detectives said they are still investigating cell tower break-ins and thefts and break-ins to AT&T hubs.

Break-ins and thefts occurred at the Verizon cell tower on Orchard Road and Fox Meadow Lane in Iron Station, investigators said.

An AT&T cell tower on Sadler Road was also the target of thieves, with grounding rods and air conditioning units stolen.

AT&T also reported three hubs on King Wilkinson Road and two on N.C. 73 were broken into and batteries valued at thousands of dollars were stolen.

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