NHSO K-9 and Detectives Catch Thief
Late Tuesday night, a tip was received that a subject who previously worked for Cape Fear Pick and Pull was planning on stealing automobile parts. The information received stated that the subject would probably be on foot. Multiple K-9 units set up focus patrol in and around the business. The manager of the business granted access for Deputies to be on the property and inside the gated area to patrol on foot. While patrolling the area Deputies identified the suspect, Toby Michael Smith, a 40 year old white male at a building inside the fenced in area. The building is a storage unit for multiple automobile parts. The suspect was found in possession of burglary tools as well as multiple automobile parts. The manager identified the automobile parts belonging to the business. The fence surrounding the property was damaged in addition to misplaced items in the building. Smith is believed to be a possible suspect in other larceny cases in the area and the investigation is ongoing at this time.