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Three charged in Lincoln Co. outbuilding break-ins

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Antonio McClure Antonio McClure
Jessica Whitehead Jessica Whitehead
Quan Hoyle Quan Hoyle
LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) -

Three Gaston County residents were arrested on Wednesday in connection with break-ins to outbuildings at a residence in the Alexis community.

The incident was reported on Wednesday morning in the 4700 block of Foxchase Lane, according to the news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were dispatched to the home when a neighbor called the homeowner and told him someone was breaking into his outbuildings.  

The homeowner then called 911.

The neighbor told deputies he heard noise around the outbuildings around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and went to investigate.  

He saw three people near the buildings but they ran into a wooded area when he yelled at them.  

Shortly after daybreak, the victim went back to the storage buildings to check them out and noticed a black Buick parked nearby with a stolen four-wheeler attached to the back and a stolen air compressor inside.  

One of the suspects, Jessica Leah Whitehead, 34, of Belmont, returned to the scene and unloaded the air compressor and removed the four-wheeler from the vehicle and attempted to leave.  

The victim tried to stop her and she struck his knee with the car causing only minor injury.

The suspects broke into two storage buildings and a trailer.  

A torch was used to cut the lock off of one building while a wall panel was removed to gain entry into the other.

Stolen in the break-ins were three electric drills, two four-wheelers valued at approximately $10,000 and attempted to open a gun safe by using a cutting torch, according to the release.
 
Both four-wheelers were recovered.

The three suspects were arrested later by Gaston County officers on Charles Raper Jonas Highway in Alexis.

Whitehead, Antonio Maurice McClure, 27, of Gastonia, and Quan Artavius Hoyle, also of Gastonia, are charged with one felony count each of safecracking by opening a safe, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, and attempted larceny.  

Whitehead and Hoyle are being held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond while McClure is being held without bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

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