Authorities Arrest Suspect Following Break-In At Catawba County High School

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The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man in connection with a break-in at St. Stephens High School in Hickory, North Carolina.

The suspect, according to deputies, stole food, athletic equipment and a laptop computer. A black prop jacket with a “Police” embroidered patch was also stolen from the school’s drama department.

Authorities have charged 31-year-old Eric Andrew Collins with Breaking or Entering and Larceny After Breaking or Entering.

Collins was arrested at his residence around 10:30 p.m. Monday night after investigators determined he was the person in the surveillance photos that had been circulated.

Detectives developed additional leads that led to the recovery, at a separate location in northeast Hickory, of the stolen laptop.

Law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation in hopes of recovering the remainder of the property.

 

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HICKORY, NC — The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify the suspect they say broke into a local high school Saturday morning.

The crime happened around 4:45am on September 7th. The suspect reportedly broke into St. Stephens High School on 34th Street Drive NE using an unsecured door.

The suspect, according to deputies, stole food, athletic equipment and a laptop computer. A black prop jacket with a “Police” embroidered patch was also stolen from the school’s drama department.

Deputies say the suspect is a white male with a slender build, and wearing blue jeans with high top shoes or boots with teal/blue colored soles. He also appeared to have a black t-shirt wrapped around his head.

Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-3112.