51-year-old Vincent Antwain Harrison of Rutherfordton was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He was charged with felony larceny along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. A second suspect was arrested in this case and charged with misdemeanor larceny.
According to information released Wednesday (September 9), last Thursday (September 3) officers from the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to Rural King on Burkemont Avenue when a person attempted to steal two generators valued at $1800. The man was stopped by management after he made it out the door and the property was recovered. The man, later identified as Vincent Harrison, left the area in a white minivan. While investigating the larceny from Rural King, officers were dispatched to Walmart following a report of a man and woman stealing $400 in items from the store and leaving in a white minivan.
The description of the van matched the vehicle leaving Rural King. Officers responded to Walmart. The vehicle was seen turning onto Golf Course Road where it fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle passed an officer at a high rate of speed on Hopewell Road. Public Safety requested assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol in an attempt to locate the vehicle.
Upon learning that the van was rented out of Forest City, Rutherford County authorities were notified to be on the lookout. Shortly thereafter, officers with the Highway Patrol and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office stopped the van just inside Rutherford County on US HWY 64. Public Safety responded, recovered the stolen property which was turned back over to Walmart, and took custody of the suspects.
Bond for Harrison was set at $15,000 secured. He is no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 21.