The Lenoir Police Department is once again launching a comprehensive holiday season crime prevention effort which is called “Operation Holiday Shield.” The operation is designed to be a collaborative effort between the police and the community.
According to a report on the Caldwell Journal website, the effort involves the following aspects: Enhanced police activity and visibility at random times in and around retail establishments, financial institutions, and residential areas in an effort to deter criminal activity and improve highway safety, utilization of covert police vehicles and equipment in an effort to detect and confront suspicious activity, and rapid dissemination of crime prevention information and alerts to the public.
The Lenoir Police Department is asking for the public’s help in conducting this operation.
Suspicious people or actions should be reported so they can be investigated by Officers. People are encouraged to keep their vehicles locked, remove keys, and secure valuables and packages out of sight.
The theft of a vehicle is currently under investigation by the Hickory Police Department. A woman reported to Hickory Police that her 2004 Acura RSX was stolen from a location on 7th Avenue SW. The theft occurred shortly before noon on Monday (November 23). The vehicle’s North Carolina license tag reads DBR1118. It’s value is estimated at $5,000. No suspects are known in this case, the investigation is continuing.
Cash and a gold chain were reported stolen in a break-in reported earlier this week to the Hickory Police Department. The crime occurred between 7:15 a.m. and 6:34 p.m. Tuesday (November 24) at a residence on 16th Street NE. The suspect broke into the home and stole an unspecified amount of cash along with a gold chain with an anchor. The total estimated loss is $2,800. The suspect in this case is unknown, Hickory Police are continuing to investigate.
More than $4,000 in property was stolen in a break-in that was reported to Hickory Police this week. The Hickory Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering to a storage building on Tate Boulevard SE. The crime occurred between October 30 and this past Tuesday (November 24).
The victim’s storage facility was broken into and robbed of bags of various clothing, an indoor electric heater, 42 inch HDTV, a leather chest, various shoes, stilt drywall pairs, various tools and ladders, and tires and wheels for two different vehicles. The total estimated property loss is $4,050. The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate this case.
34-year-old Stacy Allen Clinton was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by authorities in Lincoln County. He was arrested in Lincolnton and charged with felony larceny. Following the arrest, Clinton was incarcerated in the Lincoln County Jail under no bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Superior Court Monday (November 30).
34-year-old Michael Allen Wright was arrested Thursday (November 26) by authorities in Lincoln County. He’s charged with felony first-degree burglary and misdemeanor carrying concealed weapons. Wright was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $101,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 30).
34-year-old Alan Ray Mitchell was arrested Wednesday (November 25) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Mitchell is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County. He’s scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton Monday (November 30).
72-year-old Clifford Earl Wynn was arrested Wednesday (November 25) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Wynn is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County. He is scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton Monday (November 30).
26-year-old Lauren Miller Huffman of Hickory-Lincolnton Highway in Newton was arrested Thursday (November 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of breaking or entering and larceny after breaking and entering, and a misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Huffman was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (November 30).
A father and son were arrested and charged following a shooting and standoff in Catawba County. 30-year-old Travis Benjamin Inman of Brookwood Road in Lincolnton is charged with attempted first degree murder. 57-year-old Herbert Devon Inman Jr., whose address was not available, is charged with misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun.
According to WBTV, the incident occurred Wednesday night (November 25) on Bolton Road, just off Long Island Road, north of Sherills Ford.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office said Travis Inman and Antwone Reid got into a physical confrontation at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday. According to reports, the dispute resulted in Inman shooting Reid.
Reid was transported to a Hickory hospital where he was last reported to be in serious condition.
According to WBTV, following the shooting, Inman returned to a residence at the intersection of Bolton Road and Long Island Road and refused to leave. Authorities then called in crisis negotiators. At approximately 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Travis Inman and his father Herbert, came out of the home.
Travis Inman is being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (November 30). Herbert Inman is not listed on jail records, he's scheduled to make a District Court appearance December 16.