More arrests made in B&E case

Published 8:22 am Monday, December 9, 2013

AHOSKIE – Two additional suspects have been arrested, bringing the total to three who face felony charges in a breaking and entering/larceny case here late last month.

As the result of an investigation that continued after the Nov. 25 crime, 22-year-old Travon Marveek Smith of 304 Hill Street, Ahoskie, and Devonte Shaqon Wiggins, age 21 of 314 West Alton Street, Ahoskie, have been charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen property.

Their arrests – Wiggins on Nov. 29 and Smith one day later – are in connection with the forceful entry and theft at an abandoned warehouse on Catherine Street. That crime took place on Nov. 25 where Ahoskie Police Officer Clifton Whitby witnessed a male attempting to break into the warehouse.

“Officer Whitby was conducting a routine security check at that time and as he drove to the rear of the building by the loading area he viewed one male trying to open the garage door of the warehouse with a pry tool,” stated Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh.

Fitzhugh added that two other males were standing by an opening located on the opposite end of the building.

“When the three individuals saw Officer Whitby, they ran,” Fitzhugh said.  “A foot chase began and ended with an arrest of one of the suspects on the corner of Rhue Street and Maple Street.”

That suspect – Alvin Lamont Outlaw, 30, of 601 North Railroad Street, Ahoskie – was arrested and taken before a magistrate in Winton. He was originally charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering of a building, misdemeanor Resist, Delay and Obstruct (RDO) a Public Officer, misdemeanor injury to real property, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods/property. His bond was set at $3,500 secured.

At his first court appearance on Nov. 26, state prosecutors dismissed all the misdemeanors charges against Outlaw, with the exception of RDO, changing them to felony breaking and entering of a building, felony injury to real property, and felony possession of stolen goods/property.

Outlaw’s bond was increased to $10,000 secured.

“I would like to thank Officer Clifton Whitby for being alert, allow his training to assist him with making an arrest without any further incident,” Fitzhugh said. “Also, I would like to thank the other officers that responded to the area to assist Officer Whitby, to include Major James Asbell, Captain Michele Garrett, Detective Sgt. Stephen White, Sgt. Justin Farmer and Patrolman Samuel Farmer.”

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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