Man charged in Exeter Corn Maze, Barry Electric thefts
Boot prints allegedly matched those worn by suspect upon arrest
An Exeter man is facing four felony charges after allegedly burglarizing the Exeter Corn Maze and bypassing his electricity meter at his home to get free electricity.
In two separate cases, Carl Lincoln, 30, of Exeter, is charged with with two counts of theft, tampering with a utility and burglary. He is being held in the Barry County jail on a combined bond of $29,900.
In one case, Lincoln was allegedly behind the theft of multiple items from a storage area at the Exeter Corn Maze.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Doug Henry, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the maze's owner and an employee reported a chainsaw, walkie talkies with headsets, Halloween masks, power tools and plumbing supplies were stolen from the property on Highway MM in Exeter.
Henry said Deputy Angela Cole photographed boot prints at the scene that did not belong to the owner or employee.
"The boot prints did match the boot print that Carl Lincoln was wearing during his arrest," Henry said in the statement. "Carl was also in possession of three walkie talkies in his pant pockets during his arrest."
Lincoln was being arrested for charges in the second case, which alleges he bypassed the electric meter at his home on Farm Road 2200 in Exeter to receive free electricity.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Chief Deputy Maj. Leonard Collins, bypassing the meter allegedly caused between $885.19 to $1,100 in damages to the meter and the meter loop, and Lincoln did not pay for $941.25 worth of electricity that was stolen.
For the Exeter Corn Maze case, Lincoln's bond is set at $25,000. An arraignment was held on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.
For the theft of electricity case, his bond is set at $4,900. The arraignment has been held, and a disposition is scheduled for Tuesday in Foulke's courtroom.