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L-R: Jerry Wayne Makas and Jamie Lee Usher
Courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Two Suspects Charged In Connection To Break-in At Same Home On Consecutive Days

33-year-old Jerry Wayne Makas of Advance, North Carolina and 41-year-old Jamie Lee Usher of Bennettsville, South Carolina were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. Makas is charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering, two felony counts apiece of larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods, and one felony count of attempted larceny along with a misdemeanor count of breaking and entering. Usher is charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and attempted breaking and entering along with misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and simple possession of schedule III controlled substance.

On Tuesday (January 24) deputies were dispatched to an unoccupied residence in the 900 block of McRee Road in Lincolnton in reference to a break-in in progress. When officers arrived at the residence they encountered Usher who was reportedly loading an air compressor onto a trailer. He told officers he was doing work for the owner but the owner told officers no one should be on the property. Usher was linked to a prior break-in at the residence where more than $14,000 in property was reported stolen.

Usher was arrested and charged. His truck and trailer were seized and impounded. Jerry Wayne Makas was identified as an accomplice. On Wednesday deputies were dispatched to the same residence after a neighbor called and reported that a truck was backed up to the building and taking items. Officers found Makas, who was reportedly placing items in the truck. He was taken into custody and was linked to multiple breaking and entering cases at the residence. Those crimes resulted in more than $50,000 in property being stolen.

Makas was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $96,000 secured bond. Usher was placed in that same facility under $11,000 secured bond. Both suspects remained in jail as of earlier today (January 26). Makas was scheduled to appear in District Court today. Usher has a District Court date February 13.