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Catawba County crime

November 30, 2011

Thieves have targeted electronic equipment in multiple homes in Catawba County in the last week.

Flat-screen TVs and video games were stolen in Hickory, Conover and Catawba.

Thieves also stole cigarettes from a Hickory convenience store, and others took a catalytic converter from a vehicle sitting at Catawba Valley Community College.

Following are crimes reported by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Monday
Suspects stole a 55-inch flat-screen TV from the home of Randall Scott Setzer, 38, of 1156 Wagon Wheel Road in Hickory, on Monday.
The LG-brand TV is valued at $1,905.11.

Saturday
Thieves broke into a Conover residence last week and stole nearly $600 in X-BOX consoles and video games.

Police say a $400 X-BOX console and three games were stolen from the residence of Donna Stilwell Drum, 46, of 1933 Stone Haven Street in Conover. 

Friday
A thief broke into a Catawba County convenience store recently and took $1,500 in cigarettes.

Police are still looking for the person who broke into Ronald’s Superette in Hickory on Friday and stole the cigarettes from behind the store counter.

The store, located at 3440 Highland Ave. NE, is owned by Ronald Jack Ramsey, 67, of Conover.

In addition to taking the cigarettes and various foods, the thief stole a $300 “neon-colored money gram sign” from the store, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

Police think the person broke into the store through a glass window, but there was also damage to the store’s wooden door. Total damage to the property is estimated at $800.

Friday
Suspects broke into a resident’s outbuilding on Friday and took lawn maintenance and power tools.

Police say unknown suspects broke into a building owned by Jeff Scott Steele, 43, of 3700 E. Maiden Road in Maiden, and stole various drills and tools.

Some of the items taken include a $200 weed eater, $350 in Dewalt power tools, a $2,500 Craftsman tool set with boxes, a $50 Makita drill set and case and one STIHL leaf backpack blower.

The thieves also stole two Spyder paintball guns valued at $250, one Spyder paintball mask valued at $100 and radio, TV and stereo equipment valued at $200.

Thursday
Thieves stole two flat-screen TVs from the home of Jessie Wilson Banks, 88, of 7179 Long Island Road in Catawba, last week.

The 42-inch and 24-inch LG televisions are valued at $650 and $350 respectively.

Nov. 22
Suspects cut off and stole a catalytic converter from a student’s car at Catawba Valley Community College last week.

Police say suspects stole the catalytic converter from a truck belonging to Nicholas Cody Lovelace, 19, of Maiden, while it was sitting in CVCC’s parking lot off U.S. 70 in Hickory.

The catalytic converter is valued at $1,000.

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