Crime & Courts

Lincolnton woman charged with stealing wiring from vacant home

Lincoln County sheriff’s detectives arrested and charged a Lincolnton woman in the theft of electrical wiring from a vacant home on Loomis Street and causing thousands of dollars in damage to the home.

Dana Wilson Johnson, 42, is charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. She also is charged with one misdemeanor count of injury to real property.

Johnson was jailed under a $7,500 secured bond.

The home’s owner, David Lee Caudle Jr., who lives in Massachusetts, reported that someone broke into the home and removed all of the electrical wiring and a new kitchen sink valued at $2,300. Damage to the home was estimated at $8,000, authorities said.

While searching the home, deputies found two tool boxes that didn’t belong to Caudle.

In one of the tool boxes, investigators found a Green Dot card in the name of Dana Johnson. In the other tool box were some papers, one of which had a work schedule from a local grocery store where Johnson’s husband works, authorities said.