Crime & Courts

Lincoln woman charged in storage locker thefts

A Lincoln County woman has been charged in connection with more than a dozen break-ins and larcenies from lockers in storage facilities, authorities said.

Dawn Marie Knott, 47, was jailed under $50,000 bond, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. She has been arrested several times in recent weeks in connection with the thefts, investigators said.

Knott is charged with 13 counts each of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. The sheriff’s office said additional charges are pending.

Deputies said the break-ins are believed to have taken place between September and November.

On Nov. 13, owners of Harris Mini Storage, on N.C. 150, and Guardian Storage, on Business Highway 16, said they found a half-dozen units without locks. Each of those units had locks the previous day, authorities said.

The owners said they also found two units with locks that had been cut but were still hanging from the hasp.

Earlier break-ins and larcenies were reported in September and October, authorities said. In some cases, investigators said, victims arrived at the storage facilities and found their locks had been cut off and another lock placed on the unit.

Items reported stolen included tools, appliances, vehicle parts, laptop computers and household goods. The items were worth tens of thousands of dollars, investigators said.

A break in the case came when one victim saw some of his stolen property for sale in a parking lot of the former Harris Teeter store on East Main Street in Lincolnton.

Investigators said they found some of the stolen items in a locker that Knott had rented at Harris Mini Storage. They said other stolen items were found at the suspect’s home.