A North Carolina man is being held for North Carolina authorities who are investigating a burglary and theft that occured in that state and ended when the suspect was apprehended in a stolen vehicle here.
Ferd Hudson Walker III, 20, 2204 Mt. Zion Rd., Ferguson, NC, is facing charges in connection with the burglary of a building owned by Kellex Corp. in Valdese, NC. The vehicle and several items stolen in the break-in were recovered in Crossville at the time Walker was taken into custody.
Ptl. Henry Hunnicutt wrote he responded to a call at the Hampton Inn on Hospitality Dr. on a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot and found a 1998 Ford E150 van parked in the back of the motel's parking lot. Inside, he found Walker sleeping in the driver's seat of the vehicle.
Walker told the officer he was en route to Chattanooga and had grown tired and decided to stop and sleep for a while. However, when asked to produce a driver's license, proof of insurance and registration, Walker did not have any, claiming instead he had borrowed the van from his father.
Hunnicutt requested North Carolina authorities be contacted and it was then the burglary and auto theft was discovered.
Inside the van were several two-way radios, a go-kart, computer and monitors and binoculars, items it was later learned had been taken in he burglary.
The van and property were held for the Valdese Police Department. Walker and a 17-year-old brother were taken into custody and are also being held for North Carolina authorities.
Det. Donald Hammons was called to the scene to process the evidence found by city police.