A Lincoln County homeowner turned the tables on a home invader Thursday morning when he confronted the burglar, tackled him and held the man until deputies arrived on the scene on Philadelphia Church Road.
The homeowner told deputies he was lying on his bed when his wife and daughter returned home from a dentist appointment. A short time later he heard his daughter scream and rushed into her room where he encountered the intruder. He got the man under control and held him at gunpoint until Lincoln County Sheriff‘s deputies arrived on the scene. No one was injured during the incident.
Baker District Patrol deputies were already in the area due to reports of a suspicious vehicle and break-ins to outbuildings on nearby Magnolia Grove Road. Entry into the home was believed to have been made through a basement window.
Jason Kane Tillman, 43, of Old Lincolnton Crouse Road, Lincolnton, NC was charged with four counts of felony breaking and entering, and one count each of attempted breaking and entering to a building, larceny from a building, and possession of the stolen property. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A Crouse Detention Center under a $51,000 secured bond. The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.
Investigating officers were Detective M. Lookadoo, Detective Lt. K. Paris, Detective Sgt. D. Renn, Detective J. Lail, Sgt. A. Helms and deputies T. Parker and M. Borich