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James Alfred Rhyne
courtesy of Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office

Maiden Man Accused of Breaking Into Lincoln County Schools I.T. Van

40-year-old James Alfred Rhyne of Ray Danner Drive in Maiden has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies on felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny.

On January 22, Deputies responded to a reported break-in at the Lincoln County Schools I.T. facility on Startown Road. A large amount of power tools and hand tools were stolen from the I.T. service van. An investigation enabled Detectives to identify James Alfred Rhyne as a suspect.

On February 6, Rhyne was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. Rhyne admitted to his involvement in the I.T. van break-in. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. The only court date currently listed for Rhyne is a February 27 appearance on a misdemeanor larceny charge.

The case is still under investigation pending the identification of other individuals involved. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.