LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. – Three teens were arrested in connection with a home break-in last week after one of the suspects reportedly called his mother in an attempt to frame the incident as kidnapping.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a break-in on Raintree Lane in Lincolnton on December 7. The homeowner told police he came home to find the front door was kicked in and that several guns, knives and, an Xbox video game were stolen.
A neighbor gave police a good description of the suspects’ vehicle, which was later spotted on Buffalo Shoals Road by the homeowner. The homeowner told police they lost sight of the vehicle as it entered Catawba County. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle that was pulled over the night before. One of the suspects, 16-year-old Chandler Gauge Davis, was in the vehicle. Investigators said several hours later, Davis’s mother reported that her son called her, claiming he was tied up and needed help somewhere on Falcon Ridge Road. Deputies found the suspect vehicle at a home on Falcon Ridge Road and knocked on the door, but no one answered. Investigators obtained a warrant to search the home, but due to the nature of a kidnapping, decided to enter the home. When authorities entered the home, they said nine people were inside, including Davis, who did not appear to be tied up or kidnapped. During a search of the home, deputies found two firearms, several knives and the Xbox game that was stolen from the home on Raintree Lane. Detectives determined the kidnapping claim was unfounded after interviewing everyone at the home. Davis, as well as Joshua Devon Hinsey, 16, and 18-year-old Landon Cole Parker, confessed to the break-in on Raintree Lane. All three were charged with one felony count of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy.