Increased attention given to breaking and entering cases
With more and more break-ins occurring nationwide, Stokes County hasn’t escaped the trend. The Stokes County Sheriff’s Department has pledged itself to solve as many of these cases as they can and to bring the criminals to justice.
“We are committed to fight this as best we can,” declares Chief Deputy Craig Carico of the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office. “We are trying new techniques that have not been tried before—lawful investigative techniques.”
Some of these techniques cannot be discussed without compromising ongoing investigations, but there are some standard things the department is doing on a regular basis. According to Stokes County Sheriff Mike Marshall, one method of preventing break-ins and catching those responsible is increased patrolling of areas that are being hit.
The department is also conducting investigative checks in various areas of county. “We have done this in the past,” Carico explains, “but we are trying to use as much investigative manpower as we can now.”
Carico adds that these checkpoints utilize the department’s more experienced and seasoned officers, such as detective personnel. The rationale is that these veterans are often more aware of whom they’re looking for and the property stolen.
The chief deputy stresses that these are not routine traffic stops to find traffic offenses and issue traffic citations. The officers are looking for certain vehicles and suspects with warrants out on them in some cases.
Marshall states: “We are doing everything that we can do to reduce the break-ins. We are trying some new methods to slow them down and to put the proper people in custody.”
Carico notes that the Sheriff’s Office is determined to attack what he calls the two biggest problems in Stokes County—narcotics issues and property crimes.
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