OBX heist has local connection

Published 12:40 pm Monday, August 20, 2018

KITTY HAWK – One of the two men arrested here earlier this week after stealing several items from a Wal Mart is also wanted on a larceny charge by the Gates County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a post on the Facebook page of the Kitty Hawk Police Department, Calvin Bernard Alston and Luis Cruz, both of Edenton, led Kitty Hawk Police, the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol on a chase Monday after the subjects were seen fleeing Wal-Mart with over $1,000 in stolen merchandise.

The Facebook post alleges that both men loaded up two stolen suitcases with merchandise and took a 50-inch television as well from the Kitty Hawk Wal Mart.

The vehicular chase that began in Kitty Hawk ended in a soybean field around the 4300 block of Caratoke Highway in Coinjock.

Calvin B. Alston

Kitty Hawk Police charged Alston and Cruz with felony larceny, larceny from merchant, resist/delay/obstruct, felony speed to elude arrest, and careless and reckless driving.

At the time of the arrest, Alston was allegedly driving on a revoked license.

Kitty Hawk Police said that Alston, age 34, was also wanted on larceny charges in Chowan, Gates and Pasquotank counties.

Gates County Interim Sheriff Robert Jordan told the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald that Alston was a suspect in a larceny case that occurred Aug. 8 at the Dollar General in Gatesville.

“A man, later identified as Calvin B. Alston, entered the store here in Gatesville just before closing time and loaded several items into a laundry basket,” Jordan said. “He pushed a (shopping) cart up to the door at which time he attempted to leave the store without paying for the items.”

Jordan continued by saying one of the store employees stopped Alston and a tussle ensued.

“He managed to get away with some of the items he stole,” Jordan stated.

Jordan said a later viewing of the store’s video cameras was used to identify the suspect as Alston.

He added that two weeks prior, a person matching Alston’s description entered the same Dollar General in Gatesville and stole some items.

“We’re still investigating the first larceny; once we are able to ascertain that Alston was indeed involved in that one, we will file additional felony charges against him,” Jordan said.

Alston has a prior arrest record, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. He has previously served time in jail and on probation for crimes committed in Pasquotank County (two misdemeanor counts of larceny; 2017 and 2018); Chowan County (misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods in 2017); and Warren County (felony speed to elude arrest in 2014; larceny of a motor vehicle in 2012; felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor assault on an officer in 2012; felony breaking and entering in 2009; possession of Schedule II narcotics in 2007; misdemeanor speed to elude arrest in 2007; felony possession of stolen goods in 2005; felony second degree burglary in 2002; misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon in 2000; possession of Schedule II narcotics in 2000; resisting an officer in 1999; and possession of Schedule VI narcotics in 1999).

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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