20-year-old Chandler Steven Johnson and 23-year-old Austin Levi Gilbert, both of Vale, and 23-year-old Jackson Lee Bass of Newton, were all arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. All three suspects are charged with felony counts of larceny and conspiracy and misdemeanor counts of damage to real property. A fourth person was also arrested, that individual is a juvenile and their case is in the Juvenile Justice System.
They’re charged in connection to the theft of road name signs and directional signs in western Lincoln County. Last Saturday (November 8) North Carolina Wildlife officers were observing a field, waiting on illegal hunters when a white pickup truck occupied by four people pulled up to a road sign on Hog Hill Road.
All four people exited the vehicle and tied a chain around the post at one end and attached the other end to the back of the truck. They got back into the vehicle and pulled the sign post out of the ground. Then they loaded the sign into the back of the truck.
North Carolina Wildlife officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and requested Sheriff’s deputies to respond reference the stolen signs. In the bed of the truck officers found four street name signs and two directional signs valued at approximately $1,900.
Johnson, Gilbert, and Bass were brought to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. They each received a $5,000 secured bond. They were not listed as inmates today (November 11). All three suspects are scheduled to appear in District Court November 30.