21-year-old Destiny Dawn Bentley of East Berkley Street in Granite Falls and 23-year-old Joseph Lee Eaker of Carriage Lane in Hudson have both been arrested in Caldwell County in connection to a February 5 armed robbery and carjacking in Lincoln County.

Bentley turned herself in at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office yesterday (February 15).  Eaker was arrested by Lenoir Police today.  Both suspects were charged with one felony count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The two suspects and one other man are accused of robbing a male victim from Lincolnton at Lincolnton Optimist Park, off of Startown Road.  The victim was robbed at gunpoint.  His wallet (containing credit cards, identification and cash) and his 2003 Mazda 6 were taken.

Deputies say the victim had been talking to Bentley on Facebook and they agreed to meet near the park.  Bentley arrived in an older model blue car and got into the victim’s car.  While the two were talking, they were interrupted by two white males knocking on the window.  The men pulled the victim out of his car.  One of the men was armed with a handgun and the other had a knife.  They left with the victim’s wallet and his vehicle.  The vehicle has not been found.

Detectives are continuing to interview Bentley and Eaker, who are being held in the Caldwell County Jail without bond due to a probation violation.  Officers have not identified the third suspect.  No court dates are currently listed.

48-year-old Jason Brett Stone of Longstone Drive in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 16) on four counts of shoplifting, one felony and three misdemeanor counts. He was arrested on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

He was wanted on warrants issued by the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office in Clayton, Georgia. The offenses took place from August and October of last year.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 5:20 a.m. today at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Stone was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:02

Two Boost Mobile Stores Robbed in Hickory

Hickory Police are investigating two robberies at two different Boost Mobile stores in Hickory yesterday (February 15).

The first occurred at about 10:30 a.m. at the Boost Mobile store at 2501 Springs Road N.E., Hickory.  During the incident, a male suspect entered the store, threatened the clerk and demanded money.  The man implied that he was armed, but no weapon was displayed.  The suspect exited the business with an undisclosed sum of cash and one cell phone.  He left the scene in a vehicle.

The suspect is described as 18-to-20 years old.  He is a light-skinned, black male.  He’s about 6 feet tall with a thin build.  The suspect was wearing a black Nike baseball cap, a black sweater and baggy sweat pants.

The second robbery happened at about 7:30 p.m. at the Boost Mobile store on Highway 70 S.E., near C.V.C.C.  Two men entered the store and threatened and threatened the clerk, demanding money and phones.  Both men were armed with handguns.  They left the store with an undisclosed sum of cash, one cell phone and a wallet. It’s not clear if the suspects left on foot or in a vehicle.

One suspect was described as a black male.  He is between 5’7” and six feet tall.  He weighs between 180 and 200 pounds.  He was wearing a black ski mask and black sneakers.  The other suspect is a black male.  He is between 6’2” and 6’7” tall, weighing 250 to 300 pounds.  He was wearing loose gray sweatpants, black sneakers, a black sweatshirt and a black ski mask.

Police do not know if the two incidents are connected in any way.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding either robbery should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Jeff Pruett directly at 828-261-2617 or jpruett@hickorync.gov.

Catawba Co. Narcotics Investigators and other Officers, along with personnel from the Department of Revenue, conducted a drug offender round-up this morning.  The operation, called Operation M-80, was an attempt to locate 80 individuals who have been involved in ongoing drug-related investigations in Catawba County.  Jason Reid of the Catawba Co. Drug Task force cited the tip line as the originating source in the majority of the investigations.

The operation began at six o’clock this morning (February 15) as Officers prepared to serve 111 felony indictments.  Officers went to various locations and arrested 33 of the 80 suspects immediately.  Those suspects were taken before a Magistrate, who set bond.  The Department of Revenue also assisted with property seizures from suspects who owed money due to the possession of illegal narcotics.

During the arrest of 41-year-old Rebecca Lynn Rose at 5220 Chaucer Street in Conover, Deputies found a weapon of mass destruction.  The Gastonia Police Dept. Bomb Squad was called in to disarm the device.  In addition to the weapons charge, Rose was arrested for trafficking opium or heroin and possession of methamphetamine.

Officers will continue to search for the remaining suspects. Their names are being entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:00

Public's Help Sought in Finding Missing Vale Man

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 20-year-old Dillon Andrew Walker of Cedar Ridge Lane in Vale.

A report was filed on February 15 after Mr. Walker had not been heard from since February 13.  Detective Dan Snellings said Mr. Walker left his residence around 10 p.m. on the thirteenth, en route to his mother’s home on Dirty Ankle Road in Cleveland County.  He never arrived.

Mr. Walker is described as a white male, 5’9” tall, weighing 260 pounds.  He has brown hair, light skin and blue eyes.  He drives a blue 1998 Saturn with North Carolina tag number EEK-2336.

Anyone with regarding the whereabouts of Dillon Andrew Walker should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Narcotics Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office were out early this morning (February 15) rounding up suspects in a drug operation. "Operation M-80" is targeting 80 individuals wanted for various drug offenses. Officers began making arrests this morning and were planning to continue the operation until all suspects were in custody.

Watch WHKY-TV News tonight for the latest details on the operation, along with a conversation with Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid about the roundup.

45-year-old Anthony Curtis Brady of Belleview, Florida has been arrested by Maiden Police for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He has been in jail on that charge since January 23. Yesterday (February 13), Brady was served with a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Brady was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in Marion County, Florida for grand theft. He accused of taking a 1999 Volvo from a female victim in Summerfield, Florida. The vehicle was taken between January 2 and January 7, while the victim was in the hospital in Florida.

Brady remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond on the stolen vehicle charge. Bond was set at $2,000, secured, on the fugitive warrant. Brady was scheduled to appear in court yesterday with an appearance on the fugitive warrant set for today in Newton.

22-year-old Steven Leo Antonio Munoz of Longview Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of felony breaking & entering to a motor vehicle, four counts of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense.

On January 27, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the larceny of batteries from two logging trucks parked on the side of the Salisbury Highway. The next day, batteries were stolen from several tractors at a farm in the area of Barry Oak Road. On February 2, another report was filed regarding the theft of additional batteries from another piece of farm machinery in the Barry Oak Road area. A total of ten batteries were stolen with a value of $1,220.

An investigation led to the identification of Steven Leo Antonio Munoz as a suspect. Munoz was confronted and interviewed. He admitted to stealing batteries from farms in Iredell and Rowan counties.

Rowan County Detectives reported that 13 batteries were stolen in their county. Detectives were able to locate a total of 11 batteries that were sold to a business in Statesville by Munoz. The suspect provided a false name at the time of the sale; however, the business owner obtained a tag number from the vehicle Munoz drove.

Munoz was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (February 13). The suspect will likely face additional charges from Rowan County.

Munoz is currently on probation. Last year, Munoz was charged with multiple counts B&E, larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. Those charges were consolidated on January 30, 2017. At that time, Munoz pleaded guilty to a lesser degree of misdemeanor larceny. He was placed on supervised probation for 24 months.

22-year-old Brock Mackie Towery of 20th Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:35 last night (February 13) on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm.

His arrest comes in connection to an incident on October 24, 2016 at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Several items were taken from the passenger area of an off-duty Hickory Police Officer’s personal vehicle, which had been left unlocked. Items taken included a 9mm Glock handgun (which was the female Officer’s service weapon), two magazines, a holster, handcuffs, an Asp baton, pepper spray, the Officer’s duty belt and a light.

The Officer, who was a trainee at the time of the incident, is no longer employed by the Hickory Police Department. It’s not clear if any of the stolen items were recovered.

Towery was taken into custody without incident yesterday in the vicinity of Modern Nissan on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:45

Maiden Woman Arrested for Assault at Hospital

26-year-old Sarah Renee Grooms of Startown Road in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:30 yesterday afternoon (February 13) one three felony counts of assault or affray on an E.M.T.  She was also served with three misdemeanor failure to appear warrants issued in December of last year for hit & run with property damage, D.W.I. and reckless driving to endanger.

The felony charges come in connection to an incident on February 3 when Officers responded to a disturbance at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  Grooms reportedly resisted doctors and medical personnel by biting and spitting at them.  She allegedly bit two nurses and pushed a doctor to the floor.

She was admitted to the hospital and warrants for her arrest were issued the same day.  Grooms was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the hospital.

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $37,500 secured bond, plus a $250 bond on a warrant for non-support of a child issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.  Grooms was scheduled to appear in District Court today on the assault charges.  Additional court dates were set for February 16 and March 24.

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