Three Arrested for Drug Possession
On Sunday, May 04, 2014 at around 4:30am, Clayton Police Officers Mark Somerville and Lance Cavenaugh located three individuals in the Walgreens parking lot at 11306 US 70. Officers found .3 grams of heroin, .5 grams of cocaine and 6 units of Oxymorphone (a prescription oxycodone), and various drug paraphernalia. Officers arrested 30- year-old Christopher William Melton (top right), of 463 Turlington in Benson and 28-year-old Jessica Elizabeth Allen (left), of the same address, and charged each with possession of heroine, cocaine, Schedule II drugs and drug paraphernalia. Melton is being held in the Johnston County jail on $85,000 bond and Allen on an $80,000 bond. 33-year-old Atlas Wayne Allen (bottom right), of 473 Aquilla Rd, Benson NC was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held on a $2,500 bond.
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.
Clayton Detective Breaks Up Chop-Shop Ring
Fresh off his recognition as the Clayton Police Department Officer of the Year, Detective Brian Temple is being credited for solving a major theft ring that spanned 8 counties. Through his outstanding detective work over more than 4 months, this case netted several arrests and recovered nearly $1 million in stolen trucks and truck parts in an apparent chop-shop enterprise.
This multi-county investigation all began back in the summer right here in Clayton. On August 11, 2013, the Clayton Police Department received a report from the Source Recycling business on the east end of town. Two tractor trailers loaded with more than $90,000 worth of recyclables were stolen from the facility at 440 South Tech Park Lane in Clayton. READ MORE HERE.
Clayton Food Lion Robber Caught
The armed man who walked into a Clayton Food Lion last month and robbed the store has been caught. On January 30, 2014, a warrant for arrest was obtained on Saiydiyn Abdullan Muhammad for Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. The robbery occurred at Food Lion, located at 10105 US 70 BUS Hwy West, Clayton NC, on 12-15-2013. Muhammad has an address of 1435 Cairo Way, Fuquay Varina NC. He has been charged with numerous other robberies along I-85 and I-40 and is currently in custody in Wake County. He walked into the store around 1 pm on a Sunday afternoon, showed a cashier a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. He proceeded with the robbery in a very calm manner, in fact shoppers in the store did not realize a robbery was taking place. The employee cooperated and the suspect then left the business.
Quick-Acting Citizen Helps Police Stop Attempted Burglary& Solve String of Break-Ins
Last night, January 2nd, an alert and fast-acting Clayton resident did exactly what every neighbor should do: They saw what they believed was someone trying to break into a house next door and immediately called 911. That quick action made it possible for officers to arrive and find 22-year-old Kenneth Aubrey Reed trying to get inside 209 Dairy Road in Clayton. While interviewing Reed, Clayton detectives were able to tie Reed to two other break-ins at that same home since November. He was also tied to one additional break-in that happened at a nearby home on November 18th at 323 South Moore Street. Reed is charged with 1 count of First Degree Burglary, 2 counts of Felony Breaking and Entering, 1 count of Attempting to Break and or Enter, 3 counts of Larceny After Breaking and Entering, and 1 count of Possession of Stolen Property. Reed is currently being held in Johnston County Jail under a $200,000 bond.
Credit Card Fraud Suspects Sought
Police believe the suspect’s name is either Charles Richard Byrd or Richard Charles Byrd and he may be driving a white Ford Explorer. Police believe the man left the Clayton Wal-Mart and drove to Wake Forest where he used the cloned card again at a Wal-Mart there. This is a surveillance photo of the suspect as he left that Wal-Mart store.
The gift cards were later used at a Wal-Mart in Conyers, Georgia by a second suspect. . If you recognize either of these two men, please contact the Clayton Police Department at 919-553-4611 or Clayton Crime Stoppers at 919-359-TIPZ (8479). A reward is available for confidential information that leads to an arrest.
The security breach at Target has helped raise awareness of the ease at which criminals, armed with information stolen from the magnetic stripe on the backs of the cards can clone cards for use in stores. If they’re also armed with PIN numbers, they can run to the ATM and clear out bank accounts. We advise everyone to pay vigorous attention to their credit cards and bills and report possible suspicious activity immediately!
3 RALEIGH MEN CHARGED IN MARIJUANA BUST
Three Raleigh men are behind bars after a weekend marijuana bust in Clayton that netted more than 70 grams of marijuana packaged and ready for sale. One of the men was wanted by the state Department of Corrections as an absconder, someone on probation/parole who has not reported to the state and therefore violated his probation agreement. Late Friday, 12/27/13, Clayton Police officers got a call about a suspicious person with a gun near Champion Street. When they arrived they saw a car speed away from the area and followed the car until it was out of the neighborhood and officers were able to safely pull the car over. Officers discovered 74.2 grams of marijuana (packaged for resale) and a handgun believed to be related to the initial 911 call.
Arrested: Dyrick Mohammed Morgan, 24, of 317 Roselle Court-1, Raleigh, NC. He's charged with 1 felonious count of: Possession with Intent to Sale and Deliver Marijuana, 1 felonious count of: Possession of Marijuana,1 felonious count of: Manufacture Marijuana, 1 felonious count of: Identity Theft (for using a false identity), 1 felonious count of: Possession of a Stolen Firearm, 1 felonious count of: Possession of Firearm by Felon, 1 misdemeanor count of: Resisting a Public Officer and he was wanted by the NC Department of Corrections as an absconder on robbery and drug charges. Morgan is currently being detained in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $142,000.00 secured bond.
Arrested: Nyshawn Tyron Havens, 21, 1746 Sorrellbrook Way, Raleigh, NC. He's charged with 1 felonious count of: Possession with Intent to Sale and Deliver Marijuana, 1 felonious count of: Possession of Marijuana,1 felonious count of: Manufacture Marijuana,1 felonious count of: Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and 1 misdemeanor count of: No Operators License. Havens is currently being held in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $70,000.00 secured bond.
Arrested: Xavier Anthony Betran, 20, 2719 Conifer Drive, Raleigh, NC. He's charged with 1 felonious count of: Possession with Intent to Sale and Deliver Marijuana, 1 felonious count of: Possession of Marijuana, 1 felonious count of: Manufacture Marijuana, and 1 felonious count of: Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Betran is currently being held in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $70,000.00 secured bond.
Two Teens Charged with Stealing from their Own School
Two teens, age 13 and 14, have been charged with breaking into their own school and stealing five laptop computers. The computers went missing from Clayton Middle School, 490 Guy Rd in Clayton, on December 10, 2013. Clayton Detectives worked tirelessly with school administrators and were recently able to recover and return the laptops undamaged.The names of the two teens can not be released due to their age. They are charged with felony larceny and breaking & entering.
Suspect Arrested for Swindling 18 People of more than $50,000
Thanks to the persistence of the Clayton Police Department and help from the local community, a man wanted for swindling almost 20 people out of more than $50,000 will spend the holidays behind bars. 24-year-old Alfonso Pasillas Carrillo was booked into the Johnston County under a $362,000 bond for 18 separate counts of Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense. Eighteen different Hispanic victims reported that between February and September Carrillo, a Hispanic born American citizen, promised them legal driver’s licenses and immigration papers for $2,500 and $5,000. He never delivered. In total Carrillo obtained in excess of $50,000 from these victims before law enforcement got involved. Carrillo was also charged by the Clayton Police Department on October 9, 2013 for impersonating a law enforcement officer. The Clayton Police Department is thankful for the cooperation of these victims and the public in helping make Carrillo’s arrest. Hispanic victims or witnesses to crimes should NOT be afraid to come forward or call police because of language barriers, or even because they are in the country illegally. We have Spanish-speaking officers on staff and we know that whenever ANY victim comes forward from the shadows to help put away bad guys - it makes everyone safer.