Two men were arrested on Tuesday after a U-Haul trailer was spotted by the side of the road in North Iredell around 3 a.m. An investigation revealed a lock cut off a local business and, after a search involving canines and a drone, two men were arrested on larceny and trespassing charges.
Robert Vaughn Pippin, 24, of Taylorsville, was charged with attempted felony larceny, misdemeanor first-degree trespass and misdemeanor injury to personal property. Pippen was issued a $7,500 secured bond by a magistrate.
Justin Dennis Lynch, 25, of Conover, was charged with attempted felony larceny, misdemeanor first-degree trespass and misdemeanor injury to personal property. He was issued a $5,000 bond by a magistrate. Lynch has additional charges pending for two counts of felony possession of stolen property in Catawba County and received a bond of $8,000. Lynch also has a warrant for failure to appear in court on charges of felony larceny, first-degree trespass and injury to personal property. The bond was preset by a judge at $14,000. Lynch also has an additional court warrant for failure to appear from Burke County for felony larceny with a preset bond of $20,000 set by a judge.
On July 16, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a U-Haul parked by the side of the road in the 3400 block of Wilkesboro Highway just before 3 a.m., Sheriff Darren Campbell states in a news release. Deputies located a lock that had been cut off a gate at a business and, after a search, found locks cut to equipment at the business and suspected someone was trying to steal the property, the release states.
Campbell offered the following details on the investigation:
A U-Haul trailer was found sitting on the shoulder of Snow Creek Road. The truck and trailer were discovered to have been stolen from a U-Haul lot in Hickory. Deputies, detectives, K-9 units and a drone worked for several hours in an effort to locate the suspects, and evidence was located in the surrounding woods.
Detectives checked with nearby businesses and found video of the suspect driving the U-Haul. They also discovered the suspects had stopped at a convenience store on Sullivan Road to buy gas and a drink earlier in the morning.
Pippen was a suspect at this point. Detectives discovered he was on probation and that he had reported to their office after the incident. Lynch was determined to be a second suspect, and his outstanding warrants in Catawba and Burke were uncovered.
Lynch was discovered to possibly be staying at the Red Roof motel in Hickory. Iredell detectives, with the assistance of the Hickory Police Department, located and arrested Lynch.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed. Information from the investigation has been shared with the Hickory and Statesville police departments.