There was a break-in at a local business and the stolen property was then sold at a pawn shop. The Wilkes Sheriff's Office was called to investigate a break-in and theft at Hobes Ham on Elledge Mill Road. Several hand tools were stolen including: a half-inch drill, wood router, and drill bit set. The stolen property valued at $275 was then pawned at Main Street Music and Pawn. Sheriff's Investigators do have the name of a suspect and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
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Thieves were seen but not identified. A property owner from the River Road/ Liberty Grove Road area called the Sheriff's Office regarding a theft. The victim said that his riding mower was stolen from outside his residence. The stolen TroyBilt riding mower was valued at 300 dollars. A neighbor reported seeing two men in a white full-size truck back up the driveway of the victim, load the mower, and then leave. The two men have not been identified and the investigation is continuing.
Wilkes Community College will host a Job Fair on Tuesday, October 25, from 2-4 p.m. at the John A. Walker Community Center located on the Wilkes Campus. The fair is a collaborative effort of workforce and economic development partners including Wilkes Community College, NCWorks, Goodwill Career Connections, Wilkes Economic Development Corporation, Wilkes Chamber of Commerce and the High Country Workforce Development Board. More than 20 employers will be available to speak with potential employees for administrative, general labor and manufacturing positions. Participating employers are from Ashe County, Wilkes County, Surry County, Alexander County, Alleghany County and Caldwell County. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring an up-to-date resume. Veterans are encouraged to attend.
As 3WC News reported last week, a card reader or skimmer was found on a local bank. Wilkesboro Police were called by First Citizens Bank on Hwy 421 regarding a card reader on their ATM. The card readers or skimmers are used by thieves to steal the information off Debit cards that are used at ATM's, gas pumps, or anywhere cards can be used. In this case, the device was seized from the bank's ATM and given to Police for evidence. On their Facebook Page, Wilkesboro Police have a picture of a female suspect. The public is asked to view the photo and call Wilkesboro Police or CrimeStoppers if you have any information at 336-667-7277 or 336-667-8900. Wilkesboro Police remind you to protect yourself from fraud when using your credit/debit card at ATM's, always shield the entry of your PIN from view.
Surry and Wilkes counties were not involved with the Hurricane Matthew damage; however, the Mayor of the City of Elkin received an update from the Governor over the weekend. Governor Pat McCrory updated elected officials from many of the North Carolina League of Municipalities' 540 member cities, towns and villages on the ongoing efforts to recover from Hurricane Matthew. During a conversation with Elkin Mayor and President of the League, Lestine Hutchens, Governor McCrory discussed the newly established Hurricane Matthew Recovery Task Force. The governor encouraged individuals and groups to help in the relief efforts by making a financial or other contribution. Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org.
In an effort to provide relief to residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew, Governor Pat McCrory has directed the Division of Motor Vehicles to temporarily waive certain fees for customers in 37 counties affected by Hurricane Matthew. In addition to the DMV fee waivers, Governor McCrory has signed an executive order calling for flexibility with school calendars, taken action to provide supplemental Food and Nutrition Services benefits, approved disaster unemployment assistance for those who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Matthew, extended the tax filing deadline and waived the late penalty for any taxpayer in the 37 impacted counties, and worked with federal partners to provide more than $25 million in federal funding for individual assistance.
Governor Pat McCrory is thanking and recognizing North Carolina National Guard members for their heroism during the response to Hurricane Matthew, in a new video released by the Guard. More than 1,100 National Guard troops and nearly 350 high water and rescue vehicles have been deployed since the governor declared a State of Emergency in all 100 counties. In another video released last month, the governor thanked North Carolina National Guard members for their role in restoring peace in Charlotte following protests. Both videos can be viewed on YouTube.
They even took the kitchen sink from a foreclosed house in North Wilkesboro. A Contractor for Bank of America went to a property on Apple Tree Lane to check on a property which had been foreclosed on. The Contractor found that the front door had been forced open damaging the door jam. There was also property stolen including a kitchen sink, water heater, and heat pump. Stolen property was valued over $2500.
$1400 in property was stolen from a residence in Ronda. A Wilkes Sheriff's Deputy was flagged down by a man who said someone broke into his garage. The property is located on the Elkin Hwy in Ronda. Stolen property included a Miller Welder and metal stand, a Tractor Supply Air Compressor, 4 Harbor Freight paint guns, 4 Toyota wheels, and 4 18-inch aluminum Hyundai wheels. That investigation is still underway.
The Wilkes Sheriff's Office is investigating some criminal damage to property. The property owner on Statesville Road reported that someone had vandalized a truck. A jack was thrown through the windshield and it is believed that sugar was put in the gas tank. Damages are estimated at 800 dollars. No suspects were given with that report.