Yes, the man did return the woman’s pocketbook, but did he or someone else take all of her money out of it first. A Ferguson woman explained to Sheriff’s Deputies that she had left her pocketbook in a shopping cart in the Hwy 16 Food Lion parking lot. An Office Assistant was given the pocketbook by a Hispanic male; she didn’t get his name. The man is on camera inside the store returning the pocketbook, but there was no camera outside to see if he also stole the money from the pocketbook while it was in the parking lot. The theft is still being investigated.
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A 21-year-old has been charged with larceny by employee. But he says he later tried to correct his crime. Last week, the owner of Wilkes Business Center contacted Wilkesboro Police about an employee taking money from the cash drawer. The business owner presented Police with a DVD from his security system that had caught the theft in progress. On the DVD, Police were able to see the employee reach into the cash drawer to make change for someone and put cash under his leg. He later put the stolen cash in his back pocket. When Police confronted the employee with the theft he asked if they had on video where he had returned the money to the cash drawer later in his shift. The 21-year-old was arrested and charged with one count of larceny by employee but was released on a custody release. The business owner is currently conducting a financial review of the Wilkes Business Center.
His Tyson co-worker Jonas Eller asked him if he had change for a hundred. The man said he did and gave Eller change. The man then took the hundred dollar bill and went to the store. When he tried to purchases items at the store, he was told the hundred dollar bill was counterfeit. The man returned to Tyson and informed Eller the hundred he’d given him was counterfeit. Instead of giving the man his money back, Eller offered the man fifty dollars to buy fake bill back. The man called Wilkesboro Police, who arrested Eller and confiscated the phony money.
Over the weekend, a maintenance worker found a fake 20 dollar bill in a trash can at the Wilkes County Courthouse. The worker was cleaning the second floor men’s bathroom in the courthouse when they saw the counterfeit in the trash. It’s unclear from the report why someone chose to throw away the funny money or why they discarded it at the courthouse. Wilkesboro Police were called and they placed the bill into evidence.
Yesterday, Wilkesboro Police were called by BB & T Bank when a counterfeit 20 was found in the deposit of a local business. The bank clerk also reported that the phony bill had already been marked to check if it were counterfeit several times. Bank officials and police did not give a reason as to why the fake cash was received and then deposited by the local business.
Two local businesses called Wilkesboro Police Monday to report vandalism and property damage. Wilkes Farm and Garden had 10 bales of hay damaged with someone spray painting them. Also, a vehicle belonging to Blue Ribbon Lawn Care was scratched down one side and a black circle was spray painted on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Both businesses are located on James Street. There was evidence left at the scene by the vandal or vandals. Wilkesboro Police have the evidence and are investigating the incident.
The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department is investigating some area break-ins and larcenies. A Roaring River resident reported the theft of a GE Hotwater Heater and a window air-conditioning unit from the front porch of his home on Old Hwy 60. Another Roaring River resident reported that his black 50 cc Easton Scooter was stolen while it was parked at a friend’s house. While a North Wilkesboro woman was in the hospital, someone entered her residence and took several items including: prescription medicine, money, jewelry, and a 22 revolver. Finally, a Moravian Falls resident called the Sheriff’s Department with an attempted break-in at her residence. No entrance was gained and the thief left a putty knife at the scene that had been used to try and open a window at the residence. There is a suspect in the attempted break-in and charges are pending.
Firefighters and emergency rescue workers descended onto the campus of Wilkes Community College this past weekend for the 27th annual Northwest Fire & Rescue College. Participates came to learn the most up-to-date techniques used to save lives in extreme situations. Emergency situations in this year’s training included everything from basic fire pump operations to explosives to Fire On The Mountain. More than 350 firefighters and emergency rescue workers from the coast of North Carolina to the far western corner attended the Northwest Fire & Rescue College, one of the most acclaimed trainings in the state. The Fire College began on Friday and concluded on Sunday. Wilkes Community College offers this annual training in conjunction with the Wilkes County Firefighter’s Association and the Wilkes Rescue Squad. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.
Beware of power poles…especially if you are traveling through Aaron’s parking lot in Wilkesboro about 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Monday not one but two different vehicles hit the same luminary power pole within minutes of each other. First, a North Wilkesboro woman said her vision was obscured by the sun and struck the base of the pole. Minutes later, a Ferguson man repeated the process. The bright sun in his eyes caused him to hit the same pole. Damages were listed at 300 dollars for both vehicles. No charges were filed in either incident.
It was originally called Armistice Day. After World War II, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. So, tomorrow in North Wilkesboro on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month there will be a special Veterans Day service at the WWI Memorial on 9th Street.
The 2010 North Wilkesboro Christmas Cheer Project has officially started. They have raised $640 thus far and the total project cost will be over $6,000. For the past couple of years, donations have been leaner, but due to the economy, the need is greater. The Town of North Wilkesboro has sponsored the Christmas Cheer Project for families within the Town for many years. Names of elderly and needy families who live in the North Wilkesboro city limits are collected in the Clerk’s Office by referrals and telephone calls. These lists are reviewed by the Christmas Cheer Committee to determine their eligibility. 300 boxes are assembled by volunteers and Town personnel and will be delivered on Thursday, December 23rd. Recipients must be at home in order to receive a food box. The total cost of the project is approximately $6,000. For more information, contact Kay Minton, Town Clerk at 667-7129, ext. 3001. To make a contribution, please make check payable to: NORTH WILKESBORO CHRISTMAS CHEER FUND, P. O. Box 218, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.