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Lake community crime spree continues

November 13, 2010

Another boat owner is a victim of a three-week crime spree in Sherrills Ford.
Todd Christopher Goodykoontz, 40, of Sherrills Ford, reported Nov. 8 that an unknown suspect stole 25 gallons of gasoline from his boat. The vehicle was docked in a community area in the 2300 block of North View Harbor in Sherrills Ford.
According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office incident report, the victim discovered the larceny Oct. 15.
The most recently reported incident comes in the wake of a string of reported larcenies in the Sherills Ford community starting Oct. 22. Items stolen in the incidents include at least four boat batteries and almost 50 gallons of gasoline, as well as several reports of damaged property.
"(The incidents) are under continued investigation, but we haven't made an arrest at this time," said Catawba County Sheriff's Office Capt. Roy Brown.
When asked if it's possible the culprit lives in the Sherrills Ford community, Brown declined to comment, citing the integrity of the investigation.
The latest reported incident is the second larceny to occur on North View Harbor. The first incident was reported Oct. 29 and included the theft of a boat battery and damage to the boat's fuel line.
During the crime spree, larcenies were also reported on Radford Court, Stonewall Street and Fighting Creek Road.
Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid previously told The O-N-E investigators think one person is responsible for all the reported larcenies in the Sherrills Ford lake community.
Reid said when theives steal batteries from cars or boats, they sell the batteries' lead cores for money. He said the relative ease of battery removal makes the batteries a target for criminals who want to quickly enter and exit the crime scene.
Brown said Friday there is no video surveillance footage of the reported incidents.

In another incident
A Hickory teen allegedly involved in an August crime spree submitted to police Wednesday on additional charges.
Christian Aaron Jesko, 16, turned himself into police on outstanding warrants of 14 counts of felony breaking or entering, 13 counts of felony larceny, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods, two counts of felony larceny of a firearm and two counts of misdemeanor injury to real property.
According to police, Jesko and Christopher Grant Goins, 17, of Hickory, went on a crime spree from Aug. 21-23. Damage sustained during the spree includes vandalism, larceny and breaking and entering.
Jesko's arrest Wednesday relates to an incident that occurred Aug. 22, Brown said. Jesko allegedly broke into a garage and stole a motorcycle and two firearms during the incident.
Jesko is out of jail on a $75,000 unsecured bond.
Brown said additional charges haven't been brought against Goins, but it's possible those charges will come in the form of a Grand Jury indictment.
The next Grand Jury convenes Monday.

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