Two charged in 39 car break-ins in Davidson County

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Davidson County sheriff's deputies have arrested two men they believe are responsible for 39 car break-ins throughout July.

Deputies arrested Dakota Robert Adkins, 17, of 8030 Woodsedge Drive in Charlotte, and Nolan Emory Hill, 18, 225 Lumina Drive in Lexington, in connection with a string of auto break-ins throughout July.

Beth Varner said she three of the five vehicles parked at her house were broken into in July. The suspects reportedly took loose change, Sharpie pens and an old cologne bottle.

"I’m glad they caught them," Varner said. "I’m glad to see our tax dollars at work. That’s what I'm happy about."

Deputies said Adkins and Hill were aided by one of two 15-year-olds during each of the break-ins.

Sheriff David Grice said the suspects were charged with breaking and entering cars and larceny thanks to tips from FOX8 viewers.

"They know this is illegal at sixteen or eighteen years old," Grice said. "So I can’t really empathize with the defense that they’re young. They knew what they were doing was wrong."

Adkins was placed in jail under a $50,000 secured bond and Hill was placed in jail under a $25,000 secured bond.

Juvenile court petitions have been obtained on both 15-year-olds.