High Country Crime Stoppers and Watauga Sheriff’s Office seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:


This black and red 2004 Honda CRF 80cc dirt bike was taken from the Sugar Grove/Bethel area Monday April 30th between 8:00 am and 2:00pm. It has distinctive one of a kind decals of an “evil clown.” The clutch lever has been bent away from the handlebar.

In a separate case, on April 30th between the hours of 08:30 am and 04:30 pm, a Husqvara 42’ riding lawnmower was stolen from a storage barn on Mountain Dale Rd. The attached picture is an example of the description of the lawnmower and is not the vehicle itself. 

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737- 0125 or the Watauga Sheriff’s Office at 828-264- 3761.

You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251

or Text "NCTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).

All information will be kept confidential.


High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.

High Country Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by a volunteer community board of directors serving Avery and Watauga Counties. High Country Crime Stoppers encourages the reporting of information or leads which can assist law enforcement with solving crimes. Its goal is to help in the fight against crime, but it is not part of the local police departments or sheriff's offices. Each County has a law enforcement coordinator who participates as an advisor to the board but is a non-voting member. The citizens board is responsible for operations of the program, fundraising, public relations, and approval of rewards.