Crime & Courts

Rash of vehicle break-ins reported near Lincolnton

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says a number of residents just east of Lincolnton were victims of vehicle break-ins overnight.

The thefts came from vehicles parked along N.C. 150 East and the Arden Oaks subdivision, authorities said.

Investigators said they began receiving calls Friday morning, when residents left for school or work. As has been the case in several other recent Lincoln County break-ins, the vehicles were not locked, according to deputies.

“Out of the last 45 to 50 vehicle break-ins that have been reported, only one person said their vehicle was locked,” sheriff’s Lt. Tim Johnson said.

“The thieves have not shown a tendency to break into locked vehicles, because they want to get in and out of the area as quickly as possible,” he said.

Thefts were reported from Arden Drive, Huckleberry Drive, Oaklin Lane, Fran Avenue, Caprice Drive and from the 2500 to 3100 block of N.C. 150 East. Items stolen include electronic goods, cash and credit cards.

Deputies said the thefts are a reminder for residents to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight. And if vehicles are parked in a carport or near a home, residents should leave the outside lights on, deputies said.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.