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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Bobby Martin:

Friday shortly after 9:30 p.m., Officer C. Roberts received a report of a vehicle stolen from Westside Grocery.

Roberts talked with the victim to gather information and establish a suspect. 

Roberts identified a suspect and also used the victim’s phone left in the car to track the location.

The vehicle was tracked from Roanoke Rapids to Enfield where it was stopped by Enfield police officers K. Lawrence and W. Hammiel. 

Eric Mayton, 31, of Roanoke Rapids. was arrested and taken to the magistrate’s office where he was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He received a $5,000 bond and December 4 court date. 

Enfield police charged him with DWI.

“We would like to thank the Enfield Police Department for their assistance in locating the vehicle and the suspect,” Martin said.

Sergeant R. Cross and Officer J. Shelburne assisted. 


Sunday shortly before 8:45 p.m., Roberts learned a person dressed in a clown suit with a mask was jumping in and out of traffic and throwing things at vehicles in the area of Sam Powell Dairy Road and Highway 48. 

Officers arrived in the area but could not find anyone. 

Shortly before 9:15 p.m., Roberts was conducting a traffic stop in the same area when a juvenile came up and said a clown was staring at him through his window. 

Roberts went to the home and checked but no one was located. 

Officers remained in the area and did not receive any further calls. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810 or Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

Lieutenant T. Tyler, Cross, Shelburne and Officer J. Horne assisted.


Sunday shortly after 11 p.m., Roberts was in the area of Roanoke Avenue and Twelfth Street when he noticed a vehicle with an invalid plate travelling south.

Roberts smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside following the stop. 

Cross assisted.

The driver, Tacorey Hicks, 31, of Seaboard, was arrested for suspicion of DWI and driving while license revoked.  

Hicks was charged with DWI, driving while license revoked, and displaying a revoked registration plate.

He was released to a responsible party with a court date of December 9.