Use of Stolen Credit Card Leads to Arrests in Vehicle Break-ins

Staff Writer

Lincolnton, NC – The use of a credit card stolen from a vehicle has led to charges in connection with vehicle break-ins.

On April 15, 2017, Baker District deputies were dispatched to two vehicle break-in calls on Brookwood Road, Lincolnton. In one break-in items in the vehicle had been moved around but nothing appeared to be taken.

In the second reported vehicle break-in, the victim told officers that her purse, which contained a .380 caliber handgun, credit cards, and identification, had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle overnight on April 14, 2017 and discovered the next morning. The credit card company called the victim to inquire about a number of purchases that had been made overnight and that alerted the victim to the break-in.

Deputies viewed surveillance video at Walmart in Lincolnton where purchases were made with one of the stolen credit cards. Using information from the video, officers were able to identify one of the suspects. That led to a residence on Ginger Lane where a search warrant was executed. Baker District deputies located items purchased at Walmart with the stolen credit card and some of the belongings of the victim. The handgun was located near a bridge on four-lane Highway 16 near Highway 150.

Charged during the investigation were:

Cameron Dweayne Jordan, 22, of Charlotte, NC is charged with one felony count each of Conspiracy, Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Larceny of a Firearm, and Breaking and Entering a Vehicle. He is also charged with misdemeanor Conspiracy, Possession of Stolen Goods, and Larceny. Bond for Jordan was set at $41,000 secured.

Brian Hady Karimian, 18, of Sherrills Ford, NC was charged with two felony counts each of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and Aiding and Abetting a Felony. He is charged with one felony count each of Conspiracy and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count of Conspiracy. His bond was also set at $41,000 secured.

Melvin Patrick McCullah, Jr., 21, of Ginger Lane, Maiden, NC was charged with one misdemeanor count of Possession of Stolen Goods and released on a $2,500 secured bond.

Jordan and Karimian will also be charged with two additional vehicle break-ins on Brookwood Road.