The following press 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— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the July 2nd, 2019 arrest of 28-year-old Christopher Robert Hamilton, of Andrews, North Carolina for breaking into a local thrift store.
At about 1 am on July 2nd, 2019, deputies responded to a thrift store located in Andrews, North Carolina to investigate a report of a possible breaking and entering. Upon arriving at the scene, the first deputy observed Hamilton inside the thrift store. Hamilton then exited the store to evade the officer. As second responding deputy commenced foot pursuit down a railroad track and through a weeded field and was later captured a short distance later.
A search of Hamilton located cash and other items that had been taken during the breaking and entering.
Hamilton was taken to the Cherokee County Detention Center and charged with: BREAKING AND OR ENTERING, LARCENY AFTER BREAK/ENTER, POSSESSION OF STOLEN GOODS, RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER. The North Carolina Magistrate set a $10,000.00 secure bond. Hamilton remains incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting a July 18th, 2019 court date.
Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated, “Excellent work by the deputies in this capture. We continue to make strides to stem some of the issues that have arisen in this area. I would like to mention that a well-meaning citizen fired some type of warning shot during this incident and caution that this practice is very dangerous! Being a good set of eyes and ears really does help us.”
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