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Tip leads police to arrest

Click on the box above to play the surveillance video of the metal theft behind the Old Hotel in Taylorsville.

Larry Dale Wike
(Updated June 16, 10:00 am)

Police catch suspect in metal theft

The Taylorsville Police have found a suspect in a metal larceny case after getting a tip from the public. 

Taylorsville Police Det. Sgt. Lisa Johnson told The Times that a tip came in to the Alexander County Crime Stoppers hotline. This happened shortly after Johnson had requested the surveillance camera video (shown above) of the theft be posted on The Times' website and social media.

The suspect, who police have since identified as Larry Dale Wike, age 43 of Rocky Face Church Road, Taylorsville, is shown taking scrap metal from the area around a small building located behind the Old Hotel Building and WACB Radio in downtown Taylorsville, north of Main Avenue.

The owner of the property told police the thief struck on two occasions: the first time was on May 23, 2016, at 2:13 a.m. and the second time was May 25, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.

Wike was arrested on June 12 and charged with two counts of larceny. He also faces a charge of larceny in Catawba County, said Johnson.


Visitor Comments

Submitted By: Submitted: 6/15/2016
Sad! Cops are spending so much time and effort on $40 worth of SCRAP metal when crack dealers are not even investigated when the entire county knows that they are dealers!

Submitted By: Beverly FryeSubmitted: 6/9/2016
Why should people help catch thieves when the attorney and judge turns them lose? A friend of mine had pictures of metal thieves a couple years ago on his property and they got away with around $1000.00 worth of property. He got none of it back and they got off scott free to do it again.

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