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3/12/2018 5:30:00 PM
Detectives Investigating Old Plank Road Area Vehicle Break-Ins

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked vehicles in an area near Old Plank Road, Iron Station, NC.

Residents began reporting the break-ins on March 10, 2018 to vehicles parked at homes on Old Plank Road, Lowes Lane, Old South Drive and Heartwood Lane.  A total of 9 break-ins have been reported.  The items stolen in the break-ins included a wallet, personal identification, money and 9-millimeter ammunition.

Thieves have a tendency to break into unlocked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible.

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Here are some ways to protect you from being a victim of a vehicle break-in:

  • LOCK IT OR LOSE IT. Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short period of time.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain view
  • Do not leave personal identification in your vehicle.  These items can be used later to commit identity theft
  • Do not leave a firearm in your car
  • If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before you arrive at your destination.
  • If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave you exterior lights on at night.
  • If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space.
  • Residents should also document and record all serial numbers on any items left in a vehicle.

Anyone with information on the break-ins should call 911, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, or Lincolnton/Lincoln County CrimeStoppers at 704-736-8909.  All tips are investigated.

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