Catawba County crime

Store Larcenies

Thieves steal cigars, money from Vale store

Thieves broke into a Vale convenience store Sunday night and stole cigars and cash.

Police are looking for suspects who entered the Buds Place convenience store at 9029 West N.C. 10 in Vale to take cartons of cigars and $300 in cash.

Witnesses saw two white men in an older white car near the store at the time of the burglary, and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office deputies are reviewing the security tape at the store, said Capt. Joel Fish.

The building was last known secure on Sept. 17, and a Buds Place employee reported the incident on Sept. 19 at 10:43 a.m., according to a CCSO incident report.

The business owner found a hole where the store’s air-conditioning unit sat, and Fish said the thieves pulled the air conditioner out to possibly gain entry to the building.

The crooks stole five cartons of Red Buck Cigars, five cartons of Tucson Cigars, nine packs of noble cigars and $300 in cash.

Rings, watches taken from Terrell jewelry store

Burglars broke into a Terrell jewelry store on Sunday night and stole more than $3,000 in gold rings and watches. This is the second time the jewelry store has been robbed in less than two weeks.

Police are still looking for suspects who broke into the Jewelry Brand store at 8588 N.C. 150 East in Terrell to vandalize and steal rings and watches from the business.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects broke an exterior glass window to gain entry to the store and, once inside, stole numerous amounts of jewelry.

According to a CCSO incident report, 10 gentlemen’s watches, 11 14-karat gold toe rings, five 14-karat thumb rings, and three 14-karat rings were stolen.

The suspects also broke a case holding the jewelry, causing damage valued at $1,500.

Wheels stolen from Maiden salvage yard

Police are looking for suspects who stole various aluminum vehicle wheels from an auto salvage business in Maiden.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said unidentified suspects stole 12 various aluminum wheels from A Plus Auto Salvage Inc. at 3978 South N.C. 16 in Maiden overnight from Sept. 12-13. The 12 wheels are valued at $1,200, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The suspects entered the salvage yard overnight and stole the items, according to the report.

Hunting Larcenies

Sept. 19
An unknown suspect took hunting-related items from an open field. The victim is Shaun Sidney Little, of 6182 Pointed Pine Drive in Conover. Thieves stole a black trail camera, black 15-foot hunting tree stand and a bow stand. The items have a combined value of $414, according to Catawba County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Sept. 17
Unknown suspects took Justin Claude Betts' tree stand ladder from an open land area at 4500 Deal Road in Claremont. The ladder was last known secure on Sept. 1, and Betts reported the item missing at 9:57 a.m. Sept. 17. The tree stand ladder is valued at $190.