Police: Man wanted for theft of copper gutters arrested in Haywood County

Published 2:56 pm Thursday, May 11, 2017

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — A Salisbury man wanted in the theft of gutters from three homes in the Fulton Heights neighborhood was arrested Thursday morning after a traffic stop in Haywood County, Salisbury police officials say.

Police were looking for Nathaniel Lee Lynn, 38, of 110 Pinecrest St. on charges of felony larceny and misdemeanor larceny in the May 1 thefts at 217 S. Church St., 420 Mitchell Ave. and 422 Mitchell Ave. Police say Lynn was seen on surveillance video captured at the home of Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell and her husband, Jody.

The two had recently installed the security cameras. When they discovered their downspouts missing, they checked the camera footage. The video showed a man taking what he believed to be copper gutters. Blackwell said they were actually aluminum gutters painted copper.

The man on the video was also shown taking gutters from the couple’s neighbors’ homes.

Salisbury police released still images last week from the Blackwells’ video and also released still images from video taken where Lynn is said to have tried to sell the copper for scrap.

Salisbury Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said Lynn was arrested by the Canton Police Department. He was stopped for not wearing his seat belt. Canton officers served three outstanding warrants on Lynn that had been issued by Salisbury police.

Lynn was held in the Haywood County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. He will be brought to Rowan County for a first court appearance on May 22.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.