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7/20/2021 12:08:00 PM
Three Arrested for Burglary, Theft of Guns

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release


Three people have been charged in the theft of firearms from a residence east of Lincolnton.

Detective M. Lookadoo began an investigation into the larceny of the guns from a home on Fran Avenue, off Highway 150 east, on July 2, 2021.  During the investigation three suspects were identified and charged with taking four firearms valued at $3,700.  Evidence was collected from witnesses along with video surveillance from the area which led to the arrests of the three people. 

 Melissa Jane Cherry-Pastula, 35, of 1960 Chapman Wyant Lane, Lincolnton, Preston Chase Lowery, 18, of Maple Lane, Lincolnton,  and Justin Ryan Shoemake, 19, of County Home Road, Conover,  were each charged with the following:

  • One count of 2nd degree burglary
  • One count of conspiracy to commit 2nd degree burglary
  • Four counts of larceny of a firearm
  • Four counts of possession of a stolen firearm

Shoemake was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under an $80,000 secured bond.   Cherry-Pastula was jailed under a $60,000 secured bond and Lowery under a $58,000 secured bond.




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