A career criminal is in trouble with the law again, accused of taking ham and pain relief packets from a local Carlie C’s and attempting to flee on a bicycle. Despite the nominal cost of the items, the man’s felony record brought a habitual larceny charge and a sizable bond.
Around 8:35 p.m. Friday, employees from Carlie C’s on College Street reported that a male had stolen merchandise and was traveling toward the downtown on a bicycle.
Officers responding to the business located the male, who they identified as Vernon Donald Hicks, 57, on College Street and attempted to stop him. However, Hicks tried to flee on the bicycle, police said. He attempted to evade officers by driving through a yard and circling back on to College Street, according to reports. While he was trying to get onto the sidewalk around the Head Start (old College Street School), he lost control and crashed into a brick wall.
Hicks, whose address is listed as 1122 Phillip St., Dunn, has been charged with habitual larceny, a felony offense, as well as resisting arrest/hinder and delay.
He was not seriously injured as a result of wrecking on the bicycle, but was checked out by emergency medical personnel. Officers located Goody powders and ham on Hicks.
Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards noted Hicks’ prior convictions of larceny.
“This is the reason he was charged with habitual larceny, a felony,” the police chief pointed out. “He was also charged for resisting arrest because of his attempt to flee from officers.”
Hicks was given a secured bond of $100,000 and a court date for this Friday.
According to previous reports, Hicks was charged with possession of stolen property in a separate case just this past February.
Hicks has been convicted of a laundry list of offenses in Sampson, Duplin and Cumberland counties dating back to 1979, with numerous counts of larceny, breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods among them. Multiple convictions each of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, drug possession and drug sales, driving while license revoked and forgery are also among the slew of offenses on Hicks’ criminal record, the N.C. Department of Public Safety records show.
Most recently, he was convicted in Sampson of multiple prior larcenies in 2015. His post-release/parole/probation status was listed as active in the state database.
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