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Thief nabs TV from Radio Shack

November 6, 2010

An unknown thief broke into a Conover business Friday and stole almost $400 in electronics.
Catawba County Communications Center alerted police at 12:39 a.m. to the activation of an alarm at Radio Shack, located at 432 Conover Blvd. West in Conover.
The communications center said broken glass and motion sensors activated the alarm, according to the Conover Police incident report.
An officer responded to the scene to find the store's front window glass broken. The officer then entered the store through the broken window and checked the store for occupants. No one was found inside the store.
Conover Police officers discovered a red decorative brick in the store, which was likely used to break the window glass. They also saw a TV lying on the floor, which the suspect apparently attempted to steal.
An officer located a cord lying outside the business, which could be related to the crime.
Store manager Michael Heafner arrived on the scene and took an inventory of everything in the business. He determined that a 32-inch flat-screen TV, valued at $399 was stolen, according to the police report. The store's window glass will cost about $800 to repair.
Investigators retrieved fingerprints from the TV left lying on the ground and are processing those prints as evidence. The store's video surveillance footage could also provide police with a clue about who committed the crime.
"We're going through the surveillance footage now," said Shane Moore, with the Conover Police Department.
The footage, if viable, could give investigators an idea of how many people were involved in the crime and what those people look like.
Moore said no arrests have been made, and there are no suspects.
This is the second time in three months the store was broken into. Conover Police arrested Caskell Cook, 31, of Conover, after he allegedly stole four laptops valued at more than $2,200 from Radio Shack in September.
Cook allegedly used a blunt object to break the store's window then remove the laptops from inside. Witnesses in the shopping center's parking lot saw a vehicle leaving the scene.
Police issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for a vehicle matching the description, and a Catawba County sheriff's deputy recognized the vehicle. The deputy told police where the car was usually located, and police found the vehicle and Cook at a residence off Cessna Lane.
Cook was arrested and later released from jail on bond.
Police are trying to determine if the two incidents are related.
"Until we watch the footage, there's really no way to determine that," Moore said.

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