Lincolnton, NC (L TOWN RADIO)
Two people were charged after taking property from Lowe’s Hardware and Walmart in Denver. An off duty officer reported that one of the men loaded a generator onto the back of a pickup truck at Lowe’s and then drove across the street to the Walmart.
Deputies located the vehicle with the generator on the back in the parking lot of Walmart around 8:30 p.m. on June 11, 2019. As they approached the vehicle the driver was making suspicious movements inside the vehicle but deputies were able to remove him from the truck without incident. A search of the glove compartment of the truck revealed multiple needles, a black pouch and digital scales. In the black pouch deputies found various pills and possible illegal drugs in clear plastic bags. Also located in the vehicle was a loaded .22 caliber handgun.
The driver of the truck was identified as Larry Van Clark, 42, of Hickory, NC. He was charged with larceny, possession of stolen goods, possession of a firearm by a felon, conspiracy, carrying a concealed weapon, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance Schedule I, possession of a controlled substance Schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed under a $43,000 secured bond.
A witness to the incident told officers a male and female had left the truck and went inside the Walmart. Officers along with Walmart security located the male as he was leaving the store and the female still inside on a bench. Officers checked the male and located two Gerber knives that had been taken from the Sporting Goods department. Deputies charged Bill Casey Hinson, 42, of Hickory, NC with misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods and conspiracy. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. No charges were filed on the female.
Investigating officers were Deputies T. Chapman and P. Metcalf, Sgt. K. Monday and First Sgt. S. Grinnell