LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Deputies say an impaired man broke into his neighbor’s home while caring for his infant child, then passed out in a nearby field.
Clarence Barnette was arrested Friday morning after police say he ransacked his neighbor’s home on Maiden Highway in Lincolnton, stealing a gun, cash , jewelry, prescription pills and phones.
Deputies arrived at the home around 9:30 a.m. and found the door had been kicked in.
“They found the revolver discarded in the driveway and neighbors told officers they saw Barnette leaving the area of the house and walking south on the Maiden Highway.,” said the Sheriff’s Office in a statement.
Barnette was found about 50 yards off Maiden Highway and was passed out with his 20-month-old child by his side, officials say.
Barnette is charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, child abuse and failure to appear. He was placed behind bars Sunday on a $17,500 bond.