Crime & Courts

Two Lincolnton men arrested in theft of trail cameras

Authorities credit a quick response from the public for the arrest of two men in the theft of cameras along a private trail off N.C. 73 in eastern Lincoln County.

After issuing a news release about the thefts online and to local media, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said it received more than 30 calls from the public identifying suspects in the case.

The suspects took the cameras to the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday night and were interviewed by detectives, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Billy Ray Green Jr., 29, and Scottie Andrew Brooks, 33, both of Lincolnton, were charged with misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods.

They reported back to the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday morning and were taken before a magistrate, where each was released on $1,000 bail.

On Dec. 31, deputies were dispatched to a home on N.C. 73 whose owner said two trail cameras attached to the same tree had been stolen. The cameras, valued at $850, were cable-locked to a tree on the back side of the property.

The cameras were discovered missing when the owner received a picture in his email of someone stealing the cameras, which were removed by breaking the case of the camera off the lock.

One of the cameras continued to send back email pictures to the owner after it was stolen, sheriff’s investigators said Thursday.