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Sheriff David Carpenter Warning Residents about Scams

 

Lincoln County Sheriff Warning Residents about the Annual Spring Visit to the Area by the Irish Travelers

 

 

Lincolnton, NC – Sheriff David Carpenter is warning residents to be aware of the so-called Irish Travelers this upcoming Spring season.

The Irish Travelers primarily based in North Augusta, South Carolina, travel into the local area using high pressure sales tactics, especially among the elderly for driveway blacktopping or sealing, roof work or painting.

Many of the victims are the elderly, especially in home repair and burglary scams. The reason the elderly have become prime targets is:

·             -They are usually at home alone during the day

· They traditionally have larger amounts of cash in the bank or in their homes

· They often do not report crimes against them for fear of being considered senile

Nationwide, statistics show that 65 percent of all crimes perpetrated by transient criminals involve victims 60 years of age or older.

In the burglary scam, two people will come to the door of an elderly victim and tell them they are there to measure the floor for carpet that would lower their energy bill. As the suspect enters the residence he is joined by a second suspect carrying a roll of flooring material. Once inside the residence one suspect will hold one end of the floor covering and ask the victim to hold the other end. While that is happening the second suspect is searching to home for money or valuables. They quickly leave before the resident can determine they have been a victim of theft.

A known member of the Irish Travelers was seen in the Lincoln County area last week but no incidents have been reported.

Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter urges residents to be vigilant about anyone they allow onto their property and especially into their homes. Ask questions and have persons to remain outside your home and as in any case call 911 immediately to report anything that you are not comfortable with.

 

Most “Irish Travelers” drive utility trucks with South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia license plates.

 
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Newsflash

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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