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

Check cashing fraud

Police are investigating a fraudulent check cashing matter.

The person was seen using an ATM in Garner, Wilson, and Roanoke Rapids. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810, Investigator Morgan Worrell at 252-532-0268, or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

Credit card theft

Several credit cards were stolen from a purse at a local restaurant.  

The theft occurred July 16 shortly after 12:45 p.m. when a man and woman entered the restaurant, sat at a table behind the victim as she ate and went inside her purse to commit the theft.  

The same suspects were seen in a store in Rocky Mount using the credit cards.  

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810, Investigator Elliott Johnson at 252-578-3965, or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.


Friday at approximately 6:50 p.m., officers responded to a call where a person was injured and needed assistance. 

Officer C. Batchelor responded and found the person on the front porch with an injury to his arm area. 

Batchelor assisted the person until EMS could arrive to give aid. 

During this time a man who appeared to be impaired became aggressive towards Batchelor and additional units were called to assist.

Sergeant M. Moseley and Master Officer J. Benthall arrived to assist.

The impaired man continued to be aggressive with the officers and at one point tried to fight them. 

The person, David Perry, 50, of Roanoke Rapids, was taken into custody for assault. 

He was charged with two counts of resist, delay and obstruct, and two counts of assault on a government official.

He received a $2,000 bond and August 30 court date. 

The injured person was treated by EMS.


Sunday at approximately 11:20 p.m., Officer C. Hagbourne was in the area of Old Farm Road and Becker Drive when she encountered a vehicle with an insurance violation. 

Hagbourne followed the vehicle down Becker Drive and conducted a traffic stop. 

The officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana and asked the driver to exit.

A clear baggie with white powder fell to the ground.

Batchelor assisted in retrieving the suspected contraband.

Troy Covington, 49, from Roanoke Rapids, was not licensed to drive. 

The officers discovered 10 individual baggies inside the bag which fell. 

Covington told the officers the substance was Fentanyl. 

Covington was charged with sell/deliver Schedule II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. 

He received a $3,000 bond and August 7 court date. 

Sunday at approximately 3:25 a.m., Master Officer J. Spragins conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and the driver was issued a citation for not having a driver’s license. 

Spragins then notified other officers the driver drove away.

About 25 minutes later, Hagbourne was on the parking lot of Sheetz when she noticed the suspect vehicle go into the McDonald’s parking lot. The driver drove around the parking lot twice and did the same thing at Cookout.

The vehicle came to Sheetz and the driver yelled at the officer before driving off at a high rate of speed.

Hagbourne followed the driver and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to heed the blue lights and siren.

Officers followed the vehicle west on Highway 158 where the vehicle was safely stopped in the area of the 1800 block.

Mary Harris 60, of Littleton, was charged with flee to elude, failure to stop for red light, and no operator’s license.

She received a $2,500 bond with an August 9 court date.

Sergeant D. Hundley, Officer J. Horne, and Batchelor assisted