Crime

August 7, 2014

Theft of body wash, clothes helps net habitual felon 8 years in prison

Tommy Lee McCombs, 49, of Hickory was convicted in Catawba County Superior Court of two counts of felony larceny and one count each of felony possession of cocaine and being a habitual felon.

Stealing $10 of body wash and $35 of clothes helped net a habitual felon at least eight years in prison this week, prosecutors said.

Tommy Lee McCombs, 49, of Hickory was convicted in Catawba County Superior Court of two counts of felony larceny and one count each of felony possession of cocaine and being an habitual felon.

The larcenies happened at two Hickory stores in December and February, District Attorney James Gaither Jr. said.

The misdemeanor larcenies were elevated to felonies based on McCombs’ prior convictions for misdemeanor larceny, Gaither said.

The cocaine possession occurred in December 2013 when police responded to a trespassing complaint and found cocaine on McCombs.

Judge Timothy Kincaid sentenced McCombs to no more than 11 years, three months in prison.

Hickory police Officers Paul Clark, Joshua Null and David Lee investigated the crimes, and assistant district attorneys Brenda Brewer, Michael Van Buren and Kyle Smith prosecuted the cases.

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