Crime & Courts

Lincoln break-in suspect caught in Charlotte

A suspect in two Lincoln County break-ins was arrested Monday at a Charlotte apartment complex, authorities say.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said detectives Greg Hager and Frank Runyon took Joshua Lee Herron, 23, of Charlotte, into custody after a brief chase in southwest Charlotte.

Investigators said charges were issued Aug. 29 against Herron in connection with break-ins Aug. 24 from a work truck and a business in the 600 block of North N.C. 16 in eastern Lincoln County. Deputies said the suspect cut a hole in a chain-link fence to get to the truck, then broke through a window in the rear of the business building.

Detectives said they linked Herron to the case when they discovered some of the stolen items had been pawned at shops in Lincolnton and Denver. Some of the pawned items were returned to their owners earlier this month, investigators said.

The sheriff’s office said it contacted Herron, who previously lived in Denver, several times by telephone but said the suspect failed to show up for scheduled appointments at the sheriff’s office.

Authorities said Herron was charged with possession of stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, breaking and entering a building, larceny, and larceny after breaking and entering. He was jailed under $60,000 bond.