Johnston County Recognizes One of Clayton's Finest
Officer Vause received the March 2014 Johnston County Law Enforcement Officer of the Month Award. Not surprisingly, Vause has been earning accolades since first starting on the Clayton force in 2008. In 2011, he was recognized as the Clayton Police Department’s Officer of the Year. In May of 2013, Vause hit the streets with the department’s new K-9 officer with his partner, 2-year-old “Major.” In less than a year, the team has netted major marijuana busts including sniffing out 8 five-gallon buckets full ore than 80 lbs. of marijuana. “Major” and Vause were recognized NATIONALLY in 2013 by the United States Police Canine association (USPCA) by winning the “Top Detector Case” and earning them prominent placement in the annual “Canine Courier” magazine, which is seen by K9 handlers across the country. The Town of Clayton is proud of Officer Vause and the entire Clayton Police Department for continuing to be a source of excellence.
Community Helps Solve Break-Ins
It takes everyday citizens to help solve crime and that’s exactly who helped nab the thieves police say were victimizing two Clayton neighborhoods. Thanks to tips and cooperation from residents in Clayton Estates and neighboring Alta mobile home park on 42 West, Clayton Police Detectives have arrested 21-year-old Javier Zavala and 18-year-old Luis Garcia for breaking into 3 different homes and stealing property. After detectives charged them in one break in on March 6th, they were able to tie these two suspects to two other break-ins that happened on March 4th. It was in big thanks to the information shared with the people who live here.
Zavala (left) is currently being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $200,000 bond on 3 charges of Felonious Breaking and Entering and 2 counts of Larceny After Breaking & Entering.
Garcia (right)is being held under a $100,000 bond on 2 counts of Felonious Breaking and Entering, 2 counts of Larceny After Breaking and Entering, and Conspiracy Breaking & Entering.
These were just three of several break-ins which have occurred in these neighborhoods over the last couple months. The Clayton Police Department is working with community residents to follow leads on the remaining cases and hopes that with that continued help from the local community they’ll be able to solve the remaining crimes and put a stop to the break-ins. Anyone with information about this or any other cases in the community is asked to call the Clayton Police Department at 919-553-4611.