• 72°

Iredell authorities looking for man accused of stealing, pawning $34,000 of jewelry


Abbigail Shipley

MOORESVILLE — Iredell County authorities are looking for a Mooresville man accused of stealing $34,000 worth of jewelry from a relative. Officials said he and a woman stole the jewelry while at the relative’s home and later pawned the jewelry.

According to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas Lee Britt, 27, and Abbigail Shipley, 29, both of the 1200 block of Fieldstone Road, were at the home of the relative on Shearers Road in Mooresville between April 3 and May 26.

On June 12, the victim reported the stolen jewelry to the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Unit began investigating the theft.

Detectives learned that family members were suspected of stealing the jewelry over time. They determined that Britt and Shipley stole the jewelry while inside the home.

Detectives obtained evidence that showed Britt sold the jewelry as scrap gold eight times at Race City Coin and Collectibles in Mooresville.

Thomas Lee Britt

Arrest warrants were obtained for Britt and Shipley.

Shipley was arrested June 25 and charged with felony larceny. She was issued a $7,500 unsecured bond.

Detectives are still looking for Britt. Warrants charge him with eight counts of felony obtaining property by false pretenses; felony larceny; felony safecracking; and felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle.

Anyone with information on his location is asked to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or CrimeStoppers at 704-662-1340.



Rowan Wild’s animal camp makes a comeback at Dan Nicholas Park


Health officials say financial incentives helped vaccination rates; lottery drawing today

Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry adopts budget that keeps tax rate flat


Airport Advisory committee endorses plans for expansion at Mid-Carolina Regional

China Grove

China Grove will celebrate 40th Farmers Day with week full of festivities


Pistons win in NBA draft lottery; Hornets will get 11th pick


Officers in Locust arrest drivers who tried to flee; one was on motorcycle reported stolen from Rowan


Panel OKs NC Senate budget bill; Dems pan policy provisions


Letter: Journalist won’t join UNC faculty without tenure


Chase from Mooresville ends with crash at Rowan Mill Road; two charged


Dearmons gift two public art sculptures to city of Kannapolis


Blotter: Woman’s camper stolen from side of I-85


Local scouts sweep NC American Legion awards


As demand lessens slightly, local homebuilders work through challenges to deliver dwellings


Commissioners name Newberry Hall House county’s newest historic landmark


Senate budget uses NC revenue boon on more tax cuts, capital


Livingstone College alumna Quanera Hayes makes U.S. Olympic Team after first-place finish in 400-meter race


Blotter: June 21

Ask Us

Ask Us: What is status of ‘speed table’ on Charles Street in Spencer?


East Rowan High graduate killed in motorcycle crash


Political Notebook: Gov. Cooper vetoes Ford-backed bill allowing firearms at churches that are also schools


Blotter: June 20


Body of fourth tuber, age 7, found in North Carolina river


8 kids in youth van among the 13 lives lost to Claudette