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Man arrested for Breaking & Enterings at airport

The following news release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.  All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Murphy, NC— Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin announced that 22 year old Joseph Tyrel Jumper, who gave a Coalville Road, Marble, NC address was arrested for charges involving the breaking and entering and larceny to hangers, aircraft and farm equipment at the Western Carolina Regional Airport. The theft took place during the late night hours of July 12th, 2014 and the early morning hours of July 13th, 2014.

Deputies of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Services Division were dispatched to Coalville Road in Marble, North Carolina to investigate a loud noise complaint. When the responding deputy arrived he found a John Deer tractor with a bush hog attached that had been stolen and wrecked. During the investigation of the stolen tractor, deputies went to the Western Carolina Regional Airport and found that 6 aircraft, 2 cars along with hangars had been broken into and items were either damaged or stolen.

Investigators of the Criminal Investigative Division collected evidence at the airport and continued the investigation which established Jumper as a suspect.  Jumper was out on a $10,000.00 bond from Graham County where he had been previously charged in connection with an assault.

Jumper is currently being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear before the Cherokee County Magistrate who will set his bond. Currently he is being charged for the following charges: Burglary, breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny from 7 different aircraft, breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny of two motor vehicles, larceny of a motor vehicle. Additional charges may be sought later in the investigation.

Sheriff Lovin stated, “I commend the deputies and investigators who put in some long hours to bring about a quick resolve to this crime.”

To report crime in Cherokee County you can call the anonymous tip line at 828-837-1344 or email a tip at or call 911 if you observe a crime in progress.

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Posted in NC-Cherokee County, NC-Graham County, Regional News

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