Crime & Courts

2 charged in Lincoln break-in, credit card use

Two Lincoln County men have been arrested in connection with a vehicle break-in and the use of credit cards taken from the vehicle, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office said Jordan Alexander Steele, 23, and Nicholas Ryan Callahan, 24, each of Stanley, were arrested during the past week. The crime was reported Nov. 6, deputies said.

The men are accused of stealing a wallet containing credit cards and cash, a radar detector, and other items from a man’s vehicle, which was parked in the 7900 block of Woodhill Cove Lane.

The victim reported his credit cards were used at several stores in the area, including Walmart, Murphy’s and Wilco-Hess. Investigators said an Xbox and games were purchased at Walmart, and a number of items were bought at the two convenience stores.

Last Thursday, sheriff’s Detective Greg Hager was at the Murphy’s Express in Denver, N.C., when he reported seeing one of the two suspects who had been spotted on surveillance video using the stolen cards. He called for help, as the other suspect was standing near the gas pumps. Both men were taken into custody.

Steele was charged with three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of possession of stolen goods. He was jailed with bail set at $15,000. Callahan was charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense, possession of stolen goods; and fraudulent financial card transaction. He was released after posting a $25,000 bail bond, deputies said.