Catawba County crime reports

Incident reports

Sept. 27
Suspects kicked in the front door at a Hickory residence Tuesday and stole a gold-colored ring valued at $300. The damage to the property at 5809 Sulpher Springs Road in Hickory is valued at $200.

Sept. 27
Police are looking for a suspect that stole a bicycle from a Vale residence on Tuesday that is valued at $60. The bike belonged to Wendell Howard Austin, 67, of Vale, and authorities are still investigating the larceny.

Sept. 26
An industrial-powered laser was stolen from a Newton man’s residence on Monday. Police are searching for the suspect who stole a yellow industrial laser from the home of Danal Craig Coulter, 63, of 2909 N.C. 10 West in Newton. The laser belonged to the Hickory Construction Company and is valued at more than $1,500, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

Sept. 25
Suspects stole jewelry from a Hickory home on Sunday, and police are still looking for the culprits. Police say unidentified suspects stole diamond necklaces, a nugget ring, and a nugget wedding band from the home of Jerry Keith Buchanan, 54, of Hickory, and ran away. Thieves stole a three-band diamond-cut gold necklace, a men’s gold-nugget ring and gold nugget wedding band with diamonds. The jewelry has a combined value of more than $1,800, according to a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Sept. 24
A Conover man says his girlfriend’s son stole his scooter on Saturday from a neighborhood in Conover. Toby Dwight Smith, 42, of 3167 Ledford Road in Vale, said his girlfriend stole his black and silver scooter on Saturday from 2017 Willow Ridge Street in Conover. The scooter is valued at $900.