Teens charged in crime string
Two area teenagers are in jail after an alleged weekend crime spree.
Christopher Grant Goins, 17, and Christian Aaron Chesko, 16, both of Hickory, are in Catawba County jail on charges of first-degree burglary, felony larceny and larceny after breaking and entering.
“They went on a crime spree,” said Catawba County Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
The teens, who are students at Fred. T. Foard High School in Newton, are charged in connection with thefts and vandalism at an area residence, a golf course, an airfield and more than 20 car break-ins, Reid said.
The teens’ arrests came after a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office investigation into an unrelated domestic disturbance.
A road officer with the sheriff’s office responded to a domestic violence call last week, and during the officer’s interviews about the domestic case, he learned information he thought could lead to an arrest of Goins and Chesko.
The officer relayed the information to Investigators T. Scronce and K. Penley with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Scronce and Penley then followed the leads to arrest Goins and Chesko on Friday at 2:24 p.m. as they were leaving FHS.
After their arrest, the boys confessed to several other crimes of vandalism, larceny and breaking and entering from Aug. 21-23, Reid said.
More than 20 cars in the Mountain View area were broken into that weekend, and law enforcement officials think Goins and Chesko are responsible.
None of the items stolen from the Mountain View vehicle break-ins were recovered.
Goins and Chesko also allegedly stole a dirt bike, valued at $1,500, on Aug. 22 from a home on Waterford Drive in Hickory.
The teens allegedly damaged 15 golf carts on Aug. 23 from the Henry River Golf Club in Hickory.
“It looked like they played bumper cars with some of the carts and drove four of them into the pond,” Reid said.
Damage to the golf carts is estimated at $6,500.
The teens are also allegedly responsible for damage to an airfield that occurred some time from Aug. 21-23 on Pittstown Road in Hickory.
Several vehicle windows were busted and an airplane hangar was broken into, Reid said.
The total monetary damage from Goins and Chesko’s criminal activity is still being calculated, and additional charges against the teens are possible.
“We’re still pulling reports and recovering information,” Reid said.
Investigators expect arrests of two more juveniles in connection with some of the car break-ins in Mountain View, Reid said.
Goins and Chesko are in jail under a $50,000 secured bond each.
Then teens are friends and knew each other from school.