Crime & Courts

Alert property owner helps crack break-in case

Amy Greene Hughes
Amy Greene Hughes Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Lincoln County sheriff’s investigators credit an alert rental property owner with helping them solve a Sept. 14 break-in at his rental house in the 400 block of South N.C. 16 Business.

Deputies were dispatched to the eastern Lincoln County home after property owner Larry Jones reported that a suspicious blue Ford Explorer was parked at a house rented to Steven Neel, who was hospitalized at the time.

Jones confronted two women at the home who told him they were picking up items for Neel, who they claimed had been evicted. The landlord told them they needed to leave.

Jones told officers that five people were in the vehicle and that he wrote down the license plate number. The suspects were gone by the time officers arrived.

Stolen in the break-in were men’s rings and other jewelry valued at more than $2,000.

Using the information Jones gave them, officers found the vehicle in Charlotte, interviewed possible suspects and witnesses and arrested Amy Greene Hughes, 35, of Mount Holly.

Hughes was charged with felony breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. She was jailed on $9,500 bail.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak