Sheriff David M. Carpenter

Home Health Care Nurse Charged

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

Former Home Health Care Nurse Charged with Unauthorized Use of Credit Card



April 15, 2015


Lincolnton, NC – A former home health care nurse has been charged with using an elderly victim’s credit card for months after she was terminated.


Detective Richard Calhoun charged Carly Buchanan Thorpe, 36, of 8493 Unity Church Road, Denver, NC with three counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.


Ms. Thorpe had been the home health nurse for an 89 year old patient and authorized to make purchases on the patient’s credit card until she was terminated in November 2014 when the patient moved in with her daughter in Georgia.  The daughter asked the bank in January 2015 to remove Ms. Thorpe as an authorized user but the bank failed to do so. 


The suspect continued to make purchases totaling $3,108.07 between January 2015 and April 2015 until the daughter cancelled the credit card.


Thorpe was arrested on April 14, 2015 and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Firearms Theft

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

Lincoln County Man Charged in Theft of Firearms



April 14, 2015


Lincolnton, NC – A Lincoln County man charges in connection with the theft of firearms from a Lincoln County residence.


Jeremy Neal McDougal, 25, of 2840 Wheatfield Court, Lincolnton, NC was assisting another man with repair to a residence in the 200 block of Old Barn Road, Iron Station, NC when the theft allegedly occurred.


The resident reported to deputies on February 4, 2015 that she just noticed someone had stolen a small Sentry fire safe containing cash and collectible coins.  She also reported that six of 12 long guns in a gun safe had also been stolen.


As the investigation continued Detective Kelly Paris discovered that McDougal had pawned some collectible coins at the Boger City Pawn Shop on East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC on November 21, 2014. 


During an interview with Detective Paris on April 13, 2015 the suspect confessed to taking the firearms and coins.   McDougal is charged with one count each of felony Larceny of a Firearm and Possession of Stolen Goods.  He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.


Detective Paris will also seek indictments for Obtaining Property under False Pretenses.




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.

Crime Stopper Reports

  Crimestoppers may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest in any crime. Anonymous tips can be called into the Crimestoppers Tip Line 24 hours per day, seven days per week at  (704) 736-8909. 




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