Thieves hit schools

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three recent larcenies at education facilities throughout the county.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said each theft, break-in or larceny was a separate incident and they are still under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incidents is urged to call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.

Banoak School break-in
Police say unknown suspects broke into several trailers at Banoak Elementary School on Wednesday night and stole computers and stereo equipment.

Reid said the thieves pried open the door to multiple trailers behind the school and stole computer equipment and a stereo system used for musical instruction.

Banoak School, located just a couple of miles from the Lincoln County line, is in a rural setting, and Reid said officers are still looking into the larceny.

Shuford purse stolen
Someone stole a teacher’s purse last week from a classroom inside Shuford Elementary School in Conover.

Authorities said the purse, belonging to Jennifer Bowers Lingle, 36, of Conover, was stolen overnight between Oct. 20-21.

In addition to the $100 purse, the thieves also stole a black iPod Mini, a State Employees Credit Union debit card, a North Carolina drivers license and about $6 in cash.

CVCC theft
Thieves stole cash from a purse inside a women’s bathroom at Catawba Valley Community College on Monday afternoon.

Deputies say an unknown subject took $61 in cash from a purse inside a college bathroom around 5 p.m. on Monday.

The suspect took three $20 bills and a $1 bill from the purse of Katie Jordan Snider, 20, of Hickory. Authorities are still investigating the crime.

Other incidents
Suspects broke into a Sherrills Ford man’s company truck on Tuesday night and stole equipment from inside.

Police say the thieves busted the glass to Brandon Ray Clonch’s Tyson Foods company truck and stole nearly $3,000 in items.

Clonch, 29, of Sherrills Ford, is a Tyson Foods employee.

In addition to an ammonia atmosphere thermometer, carbon dioxide atmosphere thermometer, humidity meter and wind meter, the crooks stole an infared thermometer and brown leather tool bag.

Damage to the broken window is estimated at $300, according to a Catawba County Sheriff’s Report.