Sheriff David M. Carpenter

Three People Arrested in February Break-in

Discarded Pawn Tickets Lead to Arrest on Theft Charges



March 30, 2015


Lincolnton, NC – Pawn tickets left behind lead to the arrest of a Cherryville man in connection with the theft of jewelry and checks.


The victim, who lives in the 400 block of Buffalo Shoals Road and has a mobile home on Lake Norman, told officers she had plumbers doing repairs at her home and they discovered pawn tickets for jewelry.  She checked the tickets and then looked for the jewelry and discovered the items missing.  She reported the incident on March 23, 2015.


The owner had allowed Glenn Wayne Helms, 52, of 115 Dalton Street, Cherryville to stay at the lake house in 2011 rent free in exchange for him taking care of her animal and do repairs on both residences while she was in a rest home in 2011.  The pawn tickets show the names of Helms and another individual as the people who pawned the items valued at almost $6,000. 

Between March 24, 2011 and May 12, 2011 eight checks taken from the victim were forged and cashed for a total of $1,655.


Detective Kelly Paris arrested Helms on Friday (March 27, 2015) on the following charges:


·       Felony Larceny

·       Felony Possession of Stolen Goods

·       Felony Conspiracy

·       8 felony counts of Forgery

·       7 felony counts of Uttering a Forged Instrument

·       2 felony counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses


Helms was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. He has a first appearance hearing in Lincoln County District Court on March 30, 2015.


Investigation into the incident is continuing and additional charges are possible in the case.

IRS Repeats Warning about Phone Scams

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

IRS Repeats Warning About Phone Scam, Local Residents Still Getting Calls



Lincolnton, NC – A local resident called the Sheriff’s Office to say that she had received not one but three calls from an individual claiming to be with the IRS and telling the resident there was a problem with her taxes and she needed to mail money immediately to clear the account.  She had heeded the warning issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the IRS that this was a scam and did not comply with the demands.


There is only one thing that people need to know to keep from being caught up in the scam.  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a recent news release, “Taxpayers should remember the first contact with the IRS will not be a telephone call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail.”  He went on to say, “A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment.  This is not how we operate.  People should hang up immediately and contact the IRS or TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration).”


Other characteristics of these scams are:

·         Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.

·         Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.

·         Scammers use a toll free number and make it show up on your caller ID to appear the IRS is calling.

·         Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site

·         After threatening victims with jail time scammers hang up and call back pretending to be from the local law enforcement.


TIGTA has received 90,000 complaints through its telephone hotline and to date they have determined approximately 1,100 victims have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams.


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New Rules When Applying for Gun Permits



  • Applications for pistol purchase permits may be submitted in person at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with payment of the $5.00 fee per permit.  There is no limit on the amount of permits that can be purchased.  There is no limit on the number of gun permits that can be purchase at one time.


  • The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, as a convenience and courtesy to the public, is also accepting on-line applications submitted through a private company's on-line application procedure. This option is strictly VOLUNTARY and any handling fee is between the company and the applicant.


  • The $5.00 fee is payable for each pistol permit application received.

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