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May. 02, 2014 @ 03:07 AM

Church B&E suspect still wanted

RUTHERFORDTON — Detectives with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office are continuing their search for Michael Ray "Bam Bam" Sprouse, an absconder — an offender who stopped reporting to his parole officer and whose whereabouts are unknown.

Sprouse has outstanding warrants for breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense.

He is also wanted by the North Carolina Division of Probation.

Sprouse's previous convictions include aiding and abetting breaking and entering/larceny, breaking and entering, larceny, assault on a female, assault on a police officer, attempted assault on a public official, assault inflicting serious injury, injury to real property and driving while impaired, among various other charges.

Anyone seeing or knowing the location of Sprouse is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 828-286-8477.


Watch out for disaster scams

FOREST CITY — Strong storms have hit parts of North Carolina recently and unfortunately, crooks often follow in the wake of bad weather.

According to local law enforcement, teams of thieves posing as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees have recently approached some residents in areas hit by storms. One talks to the homeowner, outside if possible, while another asks to use the restroom or finds a different excuse to be allowed inside the home. While the first thief is talking, the second is stealing valuables or confidential personal information like Social Security or bank account numbers.

In other variations of this distraction theft, crooks may pretend to be law enforcement officers, utility workers or just someone who was passing by and began feeling ill.

Local law enforcement and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper remind homeowners that whenever someone they do not know asks to enter the home unescorted, be suspicious. And when disaster strikes, remember these tips to keep from being victimized with house repairs or tree removal.

If a scam is suspected, report it to local law enforcement or the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at


Did you know?

North Carolina scanner code 10-85 indicates an officer or emergency unit is returning to the station.