It was an attempted armed robbery at the Run In of Wilkesboro Monday night. Wilkesboro Police responded to an armed robbery in progress at the Run In on Oakwoods Road just before 10pm Monday. Officers arrived within 3 minutes of the call. The store clerk met officers at the door and told them a man with a gun tried to rob her before running out of the store. The clerk told the man she didn’t have money in the store. She pressed the panic button and he left. The North Wilkesboro Police K9 unit was called to assist. Officers were unable to find the individual; however, he was caught on video surveillance tape, so police have a description of the robber. He is a black male, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, Khaki pants, and tan work boots. He held the handgun in his left hand during the attempted robbery. When he left, he ran around the east side of the store. The video tape has been copied and taken into evidence. Police are still looking for the suspect.
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It’s hard to winterize a vehicle when it’s missing. Southeastern Cars and Parts in Ronda has reported the theft of a 2000 Honda 2-door car. Owner Rudy Holbrook sent an employee to check the anti-freeze in the car Monday, but the car was gone. The vehicle should be easy to spot if the thief still has it around locally. The Honda car is black and has been lowered. It has custom wheels with red lug nuts and is valued at 2500 dollars. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the car theft.
Well we have had some bad wintry weather in the past couple of weeks. It seems someone decided they needed tire chains. Unfortunately, the chains they took belonged to someone else. A resident on the Dehart Community Center Road in Hays reported to Sheriff’s Officials that an unknown person had stolen 15 tire chains from his property. The chains were used on his tractors. There were no witnesses to the theft and are no suspects. The chains are valued at 800 dollars.
About the only thing that officials know at this point is that the fence was hit by a vehicle of some sort that is red in color. A Sparta Road, North Wilkesboro, resident reported some damage to a chainlink fence on her property. The accident must have happened sometime over the weekend. Tracks from a vehicle were seen where the car or truck left the road and hit the fence damaging the fence and pole. Red paint was found on the pole. The vehicle was able to leave the scene, so there is no word on the identity of the driver. The Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
Wilkesboro Police charged a passenger in a car this week with causing an accident. According to the driver, she was driving because the passenger, James Campbell, was impaired. She said that while they were Hwy 421, he jerked the wheel causing her to collide with a second vehicle driven by a Traphill man. Police spoke with Campbell the passenger in the vehicle causing the wreck. He said he didn’t jerk the steering wheel. He said he pushed the wheel when the driver started for the exit ramp. Campbell was charged by Wilkesboro Police with Impaired Supervision in a motor vehicle. No injuries were reported with this wreck.
A Sheriff’s Deputy observed a woman in the WalMart Shopping Center this week drinking a beer. When the woman got into her car and starting driving, the deputy stopped her. After receiving consent to search her vehicle and pocketbook, the deputy found several pills in her possession. She said she got the pills from friends but would not give any names. The deputy arrested the woman, Margarita Sanchez of Taylorsville, and charged her with two counts of drug possession and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Ladies, we have been warned before to never leave our pocketbooks or wallets in the shopping cart while we are shopping. It is too easy for someone to just walk by and quickly grab our handbag or wallet from the cart without being seen. So was the case for a shopper at WalMart this week. She told Wilkesboro Police that she was shopping for groceries and left her pocketbook open in the top part of the cart. When she went to pay, she noticed the wallet was missing. There are no suspects and was no surveillance video of this section of the store for police to review. The police did advise the woman about the importance of contacting her credit card companies about the stolen cards and to monitor her credit status and activity regularly to prevent ID theft.
Wilkesboro Police are investigating the theft of some money from a pocketbook at Britthaven Nursing Center. The woman, an employee at Britthaven, was working the night shift and left her pocketbook with 6 100-dollar bills in it at the nurses’ station. At the end of her shift, she realized that 3 of the 6 100-dollar bills were missing from her pocketbook. She questioned fellow employees, but no one reported seeing anyone take the money from her wallet. No security video was available, but police are still investigating
As 3WC News reported last week, current data from state health departments show that so far less than one percent of the population in our state has reported having the flu this season. Debbie Nicholson with the Wilkes County Health Department says that they do have flu vaccines at the health department and free flu shots for children up to 18 years old. Who should get the flu shot? Everyone 6 months of age and older especially those in high risk categories such as pregnant women and those with chronic health problems. For more information on the flu: prevention, symptoms, and prevention or for information of vaccines and free flu shots for children, just call the Wilkes County Health Dept at 651-7450.
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) commented on the Department of the Navy’s Record of Decision to bring eight operational Joint Strike Fighter squadrons to the Cherry Point, N.C., air station. Hagan said, “While North Carolina was certainly prepared to receive all 11 Joint Strike Fighter operational squadrons, I am pleased that the Navy’s Record of Decision will bring the majority of the squadrons to Cherry Point. The result will increase the capabilities of our Marines. This decision supports tremendous job growth and economic development in our state -- up to 128 planes and as many as 1,194 additional military personnel are headed for Cherry Point.” In October, Senator Hagan lead a group of North Carolina officials in urging Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Marine Corps Commandant James Conway to consider choosing Cherry Point for all 11 F-35B fighter squadrons. Also signing the letter to the Navy and Marine Corps leaders were: Gov. Bev Perdue and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).