Two Lincolnton men charged in church burglary

Two Lincolnton men charged in church burglary

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 15 at 2:22 PM

LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- Two Lincolnton  men have been charged with stealing electronic equipment from the New Providence Full Gospel Church on Friday. 

Authorities charged Michael Hardin, 37, and Jonathon Hight, 38, with one felony count each of breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. 

The break-in occurred between August 7 and 8 and was discovered by a church member who came to the church and found a television in the parking lot. 

He went inside the church and determined the TV belonged to the church and someone had forced open a rear window to gain entry.

A large amount of electronic equipment including sound equipment, computers, speakers, DVD recorders and other items were stolen. 

The suspects also damaged the wiring, windows and cut the wires for the alarm system.

During the investigation police learned that the stolen items valued at $12,000 had been placed in a storage unit in Gaston County. 

Most of the items were recovered.

Hight remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond.

Hardin is in jail with no bond for a probation violation and is under a $179,000 secured bond on all the other charges.

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