On September, 10, 2016, Boone Police began an investigation when Wal Mart reported that several video game wireless controllers had been stolen from inside the business. During this investigation, Boone Police Officers learned that more than one of these game controllers had been sold to a business in the same shopping center, Game Stop (Watauga Village Drive, Boone, NC). Both of these businesses captured images of the suspect on video. Officers began to attempt to identify the individual stealing and then selling the game controllers for cash on the video footage.

On September, 12, 2016, Wal Mart employees observed the suspect from this investigation back inside the business. The suspect was with other individuals. The suspect left the business without paying for several items of food. These Wal Mart employees reported this to the Boone Police Department. Master Boone Police Officer Len Hagaman intercepted these suspects as they left the area of Wal Mart. The Boone Police Department Investigations Division were called to assist in this investigation.

Boone Police Officers interviewed the occupants of the vehicle and were able to identify the person responsible for stealing the game controllers and then selling them to Game Stop for cash. 

The suspect was identified as Caleb Gabriel Irving. Investigating Officers learned that Irving had an outstanding Warrant for Arrest from Orange County Florida for Burglary.

Police arrested Caleb Gabriel Irving, age 22, of Umstead Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516. Irvin was charged with 1 Count of Felony Larceny, 1 Count of Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense, 1 Count of Misdemeanor Shoplifting. He was lodged in the Watauga County Jail until he posts a $92,000 secure bond. Irving was ordered to appear in Watauga County District court on October, 20, 2016.

The men have been arrested on felony larceny charges.

The Colonial Pipeline leak in Alabama has been repaired and officials say that the flow of gas and other refined products will return to normal in just a few days.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:

The Boone Fire Department will hold another controlled burn training exercise Monday.

School officials at both Appalachian State and Miami are investigating an alleged incident involving the AppState Color Guard unit and the Miami football team.

Colonial Pipeline officials said Wednesday evening that it has restarted the flow of gasoline down a pipeline in Alabama that was shut down after a major leak, which caused shortages and surging fuel prices across the South.

Gov. Pat McCrory activated North Carolina's State Emergency Response Team Monday to coordinate with counties who are in need of fuel supplies.

The State Highway Patrol has released the name of a woman killed Sunday in a single car crash on Highway 421.

Two people were taken to the hospital after a rollover accident Sunday.