The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said it has improved safety procedures at its jail after an inmate broke into an electronic locking medicine cabinet vault and stole drugs.
Investigators accused James William Jenkins IV, 29, of Lincolnton, of breaking into the vault in the medical room at the jail.
Jenkins was charged with safe cracking, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of a controlled substance on premises of a penal institution.
The investigation began after a nurse reported medicine missing from the vault, sheriff’s Capt. Tim Johnson said.
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After conducting interviews, reviewing video footage and searching several areas, detention staff found several items stolen from the vault, Johnson said.
Investigators are not saying how the vault was cracked or how safety measures have been improved.