On September 9, detectives began investigating a business burglary along the 300 block of Old Highway 79, in Lincoln County.

The business owner said the lock on his property’s gate were cut and a Dodge Ram truck was broken into and moved to Highway 79 near a parked 1990’s purple two-door Chevy Cavalier.  The owner said a CD player was stolen out of the truck’s dash.  Business surveillance video revealed the suspect wore camouflage clothing, carried a duffel bag on his back and held a shotgun with leaf camouflage on it.

On September 27, deputies responded back to the business where they learned the same suspect cut wires from the property’s generator causing $25,000 in damages.  Surveillance revealed the same suspect from the previous burglary.

Later that day, deputies spotted the purple Cavalier near the burglarized business.  The vehicle was registered to 53-year-old Donald Lindhorst, of Lincoln County.  The location of Lindhorst was unknown at the time.

In late October, investigators responded to the 100 block of Bluffview Drive, in Lincoln County and recognized Lindhorst from the surveillance video standing near a Ford F150.  Within the truck, investigators found a shotgun with leaf camouflage laying on the floorboard.  Investigators took Lindhorst in custody.

Lindhorst denied committing the burglaries and said the reason for his vehicle being near the burglarized business was a mechanical issue.

Lindhorst is charged with five felonies to include First Degree Property Damage, First Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, First Degree Property Damage, First Degree Trespass and Second Degree Property Damage.  Lindhorst is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $30,000 cash only bond.  Other conditions of bond may apply.


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