Annual Open House - December 16th

Come and join us for our annual Sheriff's Christmas Open House!

Friday, December 16th
Floating from 10am to 1pm

Bring a snack or food tray to share!
Meet the Sheriff and his staff

1401 Elm Street, Sanford

P.S. It doesn't matter if you've been naughty or nice....

Stay Safe for the Holidays!

The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals!

But what shoppers are neglecting is their safety.  According to Sheriff Carter “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours.  These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.

The Sheriff reminds all Lee County residents to follow these safety tips:

Shopping Safety:

·         A single shopper is the best target for theft.  Always shop with a friend or relative.
·         When going shopping, tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to return.  Also, make sure they know what you are wearing, as well as the type of vehicle you are driving.
·         Shop during daylight hours.  If you shop at night, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
·         Dress casually and comfortably and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.  If carrying cash, keep it in your front pocket rather than in a purse or wallet.  This makes it much more difficult for a pick-pocket to remove.  Also store car keys in a pants or jacket pocket.  If your purse is stolen, you will still be able to drive home.
·         Pay careful attention to your surroundings and avoid overloading yourself with packages.  It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
·         When returning to your vehicle, check around it and in the back seat.  Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  Have your car keys in your hand to avoid spending unnecessary time unprotected from the security of your vehicle.
·         If you feel uneasy returning to your vehicle alone, find a security guard and ask them to walk you to your car.

According to Sheriff Carter  “During this time of year, busy holiday shoppers become careless and vulnerable to other crimes as well.  Credit card fraud and gift card fraud are on the rise.  However, taking a few preventive measures can help.”

Credit Card Fraud:

·        Keep a close watch on your credit card every time you use it, and make sure you   get it back as quickly as possible.
·        Never write your PIN number on your credit card.
·        Never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around.
·        Shield your credit card number so that others around you can’t copy it or capture   it on a mobile telephone or other camera.
·        Only carry credit cards that you absolutely need.
·        Shred anything with your credit card number written on it.
·       If you’re planning to purchase online, make sure the web page where you enter your credit card information is secure through SSL (Secure Socket Layer).  You can tell if the web page is secure by looking for the gold lock or key icon at the bottom corner of your browser window.
·       If you’re not comfortable submitting your information through the internet, call the seller and give them your information over the telephone.  Never send your credit card information via email.
·       Check the company out.  Only do business with companies that provide a physical address and telephone number. 
·       Keep good records.  Always print out a copy of any online products or services you purchase.

                 Gift Card Fraud:

·       Never buy gift cards from online auction sites.  This is a large source of gift card fraud.  Many of the gift cards are stolen, counterfeit or used.
·       Only buy gift cards directly from the store issuing the gift card or from a secure retailer’s website.
·       Don’t buy gift cards off of publicly displayed racks in retail stores.  Only purchase gift cards at the sales terminal from the cashier.
·       Always carefully examine both the front and back of a gift card before you buy it.  If you see a PIN number, ask for a different card.  If the card looks like it has been tampered with in any way, put it back.
·       Always ask the store cashier to scan the gift card in front of you.  This will guarantee that your card is valid when you buy it and that it reflects the balance you just charged it with.
·       Always keep your receipt as a proof of purchase as long as there is money stored on the gift card.
·       If possible, register your gift card at the store’s website.
·       Never give your Social Security number, date of birth or any other unneeded private information when purchasing a gift card.  No reputable company will ask for this information.

            In light of these problems, Sheriff Carter warns shoppers to be careful so that they don’t become the victim of criminal activity.  “Unfortunately, when shopping, people have a tendency to let their guard down,” said Sheriff Carter.  “However, paying attention and taking precautions can help eliminate their chances of being victimized.”

Firetower Road Man Arrested For Drugs

12/01/2016 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Gary Richard Bowman, 39 years old of 1629 Firetower Road Sanford NC 27330 for sell crack cocaine, possess with intent to Sale/Deliver crack cocaine, sell heroin, possess with intent to sale  and drug paraphernalia. Bowman was jailed under a $20,500.00 secured bond.

Jefferson Davis Highway Man Arrested for Crack

12/01/2016 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Thomas Allen Brumley, 30 years old of 6847 Old Jefferson Davis Highway Sanford NC 27332 for possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Brumley was jailed under a $1,500.00 secured bond.

Man Arrested for Heroin

12/01/2016 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Rasheed Marquese Gillard, 26 years old of 55 Bargain Lane Sanford NC 27330 for possession with intent to Sale/Deliver Heroin, sale heroin, deliver heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Gillard was jailed under a $25,000.00 secured bond.

Carr Creek Drive Arrested for Drugs

11/30/2016 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents arrested Rashad Maurice Brinkley, 30 years old of 1924 Carr Creek Drive Sanford NC 27330 for possession with intent to Sale/Deliver Xanax prescription medication, possession with intent to sale and deliver crack cocaine, three counts of sale crack cocaine, three counts of deliver cocaine, three counts of possession with intent to sale/deliver cocaine and two counts of drug paraphernalia. Brinkley was jailed under a $40,000.00 secured bond.

Thanks For Your Years of Service!

We hosted a luncheon today to honor the retirement of Mrs Clara Howard. She will be greatly missed around our office! Thank you for so many years of dedicated service!

Lock it or Lose It!

It's that time of year again where we notice spikes in car break-ins (unlocked and locked cars). Nearly half of vehicle theft is the result of driver error, such as leaving a key in the ignition or a door unlocked.  Criminals are looking for those that may have left Christmas purchases and other valuables in the car.  An unlocked door or window is an easy target for thieves.  The estimated total value of vehicles stolen nationwide each year exceeds $4.3 billion! Only half of vehicles reported stolen are recovered.

Some tips for keeping your vehicles and valuables safe:
1.  Always close windows, lock doors, and take the key with you.
2.  Never leave your vehicle unattended while running.
3.  Park in a garage if available.  Lock BOTH the car and the garage.
4.  Don't leave your keys unattended, especially in easily accessible areas.
5.  Keep vehicle registration and proof of insurance on you; DON'T leave these documents in your glove compartment.​
6.  Always park in well-lit areas.
7.  Never leave valuables or packages in your vehicle, especially WHERE THEY CAN BE SEEN.  Put them in the trunk!
8.  Report suspicious activity by calling 911.

Timber Ridge Drive Woman Arrested

On Wednesday November 23rd 2016, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Danielle Marie Richardson. Richardson age 21, of 5336 Timber Ridge Drive Sanford, was arrested and charged with 1 count of trafficking Opium namely (Hydrocodone) by possession, 1 count of trafficking Opium (Hydrocodone) by sell, and 1 count of trafficking Opium (Hydrocodone) by delivery.

Richardson was jailed under a $200,000.00 secured bond.