Authorities probe lumber company embezzlement

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an employee of a Sherrills Ford lumber company who allegedly embezzled more than $2,000 in forged checks.

The unidentified employee of Eades Wood Inc. allegedly took checks from company property to deposit money into a personal bank account, according to a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

According to the report, the employee forged and deposited six checks totaling $2,200 into a personal bank account.

There have been no arrests related to the embezzlement and forgery incidents, as sheriff’s deputies continue their investigation, said Capt. Joel Fish of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

Other incidents

March 4
Thieves stole six 20-pound cylinders of propane gas from the Bunker Hill Exxon convenience store in Catawba. The suspects allegedly cut the lock to a cage containing propane gas and stole six cylinders of propane valued at $368.

March 2-3
Police are looking for suspects who committed multiple acts of vandalism in the Conover and Claremont areas within the past two weeks.

Unidentified suspects damaged vehicles, garage doors and several mailboxes at homes on Lee Cline Road and Saw Mill Road in Conover, as well as Hoke Street in Claremont.

If you have information about recent acts of vandalism in these areas, contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.