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Officials have suspended an elementary school student for 10 days after a teacher found a BB gun in his backpack this week.
Police said the student showed the BB gun pistol to one of his friends Wednesday morning at Clyde Campbell Elementary School in Hickory. His friend alerted a teacher.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said the BB gun was inoperable, adding that the student did not threaten anyone and did not have any BBs.
Catawba County Schools officials suspended the student for 10 days.
Reid said the sheriff's office will also submit a petition to juvenile authorities concerning the incident.
Reid said the school was not placed on lockdown during the incident.
Other county incidents
Thieves broke into a residence at 4924 Lee Cline Road in Conover on Tuesday and stole nearly $4,000 in money, guns and technology.
Among other items, the crooks stole $2,200 in U.S. currency, .22-caliber bolt action rifle and a Toshiba laptop computer.
Suspects broke into a residence at 5400 Little Mountain Road in Catawba on Monday and stole more than $15,000 in jewelry and other miscellaneous items.
In addition to two iPods, the thieves took an $8,000 diamond tennis bracelet, $3,000 tennis bracelet and $1,500 necklace. The suspects stole various other forms of jewelry.
Thieves stole multiple wiring harnesses and 50 gallons of fuel on Feb. 9 from a truck and trailer repair shop on Old Shelby Road.
According to a Catawba County Sheriffâ€™s report, the thieves stole four wiring harnesses from Truck & Trailer Repair Inc., at about 9 a.m. Feb. 9. The harnesses were valued at a total of $2,400.
The thieves stole 50 gallons of fuel, too, which is valued at about $200.