On 06-09-2014, The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a breaking, entering, and larceny from Captain Galley at 544 Turnersburg Hwy Statesville. Deputies and Crime Scene responded and took the report and processed the scene for any evidence. All evidence was collected along with video footage from a nearby business showing a white male suspect. The victim in this matter reported that between the theft of property and the damage to the several doors, and windows that a total value of loss to the business was around $11,000.00 dollars.
Detectives have interviewed all witnesses and pulled video from all neighboring business and have been attempting to get the suspect identified since this incident occurred. On 11-07-2014 a citizen contact Statesville Police Department and provided them with information on a possible suspect in this matter. Investigator Al Pettit took the information on cases that Statesville Police Department was working and forwarded the information to Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office.
Det. Sgt. Cameron Jones took the information that was provided and learned that the named suspect Michael Joseph Trinka had recently been arrested by Statesville Police Department for stealing and selling cigars and that he was a suspect in another business breaking, entering, and larceny. Detectives were able to speak with the citizen who provided the information and was able to obtain further information to include text messages, and pictures of Trinka in possession of various weapons. Jones was able to obtain information that the Uzi that was in one of the pictures was stolen from New York several years prior.
On 11-12-2014, Det. Sgt. Cameron Jones obtained a warrant for breaking, entering, and larceny on Trinka for this matter. Deputies attempted to locate Trinka at his home on Hyde Lane and found the house unlocked and a door standing open. Deputies searched the home to make sure that it was not broken into and for the suspect. Upon this entry Deputies saw the Uzi in a bedroom of the house that matched the information provided. A search warrant for the house was obtained and served.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office located two assault rifles, a Uzi, and a pistol along with various types of ammunition and various magazines for each of the weapons. Also located in the home were various other types of property and evidence that links Trinka to the cigar theft and possibly the breaking, entering, and larceny from the business in Statesville Police Department’s jurisdiction. Also located was a back pack containing various burglary tools, gloves, a police scanner, and other various items. A check of the serial numbers on two of the guns revealed that they were stolen from Folton County New York from a home breaking, entering, and larceny from 2005. Trinka was a listed suspect at that time.
On 11-13-2014, Michael Joseph Trinka was arrested for Felony Breaking and Entering, Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Safe Cracking, Possession of Stolen Firearms, and Possession of Firearm by a convicted Felon. Trinka received a $500,000.00 dollar secured bond and has a court date pending in Statesville.
Prior to these charges Michael Jospeh Trinka 39, currently has these charges pending on various dates in District and Superior Court in Statesville. No Operators License, Revoked License Plate, Expired License Plate, Failure to Maintain Lane Control, Hit and Run, Failure to Report and Accident, Larceny by Defeating Anti-theft device and shoplifting, is pending in District Court. Possession of Stolen Goods, Obtaining Property by False Pretense, Communicating Threats, Assault by Pointing a Gun, Possession of a Weapon of Mass Destruction, and Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon is pending for this two week criminal session in Superior Court. These dates are the week of 11-10-2014 and the week of 11-17-2014.
This investigation is ongoing with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and all information obtained has been provided to the Statesville Police Department and Folton County Sheriff’s Office. All agencies are working together and it is likely that Trinka will face more charges. The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) have also been contacted and they will review the cases to see about additional charges for the firearms in this matter since Trinka is a convicted felon.
On September 25, 2014 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of unauthorized use of motor vehicle and financial card fraud. Detective Getz of the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case.
According to the incident report the victim had let an employee use her vehicle and credit card to go to a restaurant in Mooresville to get some food to eat. According to the victim after a couple of hours had gone by and the employee had not returned with the vehicle and credit card she started texting the employee. The employee stated he was at a business and would be there shortly. After several hours and text messages from the employee the victim had gotten suspicious and checked her online credit card statement and found seven unauthorized charges to her credit card. The victim then contacted her credit card company and cancelled the credit card. The employee text messaged the victim in the early morning hours and told her the location where she could find her vehicle in Rowan County. The vehicle was located and secured by the authorities in Rowan County and the victim was able to retrieve her vehicle later that day.
During the course of the investigation, it was discovered the victim’s credit card was used throughout Iredell and Rowan Counties. Detectives were able to get surveillance video from the businesses where the victim’s credit had been used and the employee and the victim’s truck were seen on the videos.
Based on the victims information and surveillance video, Sergeant Getz was able to identify the suspect, as Darren Parker, 43, of Cleveland. Detectives then obtained three warrants for Darren Parker for identity theft, financial card fraud, and unauthorized use of motor vehicle.
Darren Parker was arrested on November 10, 2014 Salisbury Police Department and processed at the Rowan County Detention Center. Mr. Parker was placed under a $3,500.00 secured bond.
On October 21, 2014 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of Fraud. Detective Getz with the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case.
According to the incident report the victim had received a letter in the mail from a collection agency for money owed on a vehicle that was purchased in his and his ex-wife’s names. The vehicle was then repossessed and sold at auction after no payments were made. The victim claimed that he and his ex-wife had gone to look for a vehicle back in 2010 and filled out a loan application while they were at the dealership. The victim stated they did not purchase a vehicle that day and later separated. The victim stated that he had no knowledge of the vehicle that his ex-wife had purchased.
Throughout the course of the investigation Detectives were able to retrieve information from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau and witnesses from the car dealership, and determined the incident that was reported to be false. At that time warrants were issued on Jamie Eckard, 37 of Hickory, NC.Mr. Eckard was arrested on November 7, 2014 and received a $500.00 secured bond and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center.
On November 5, 2014 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of Felony Worthless Check. Detective Getz with the Economic Crimes Unit was assigned the case.
According to the incident report the suspect had written a check to the reporting parties company on July 29, 2014 for the amount of $2700.00 for money owed. The reporting party advised that he had taken the check to the bank and the check was returned stamped insufficient funds. The company followed the worthless check guidelines and mailed a demand for payment letter via certified mail to the suspect’s home address. After the ten day grace period and the victim not receiving the full amount owed charges were filed against Crystal Holliday, 35, of Statesville, NC.
Detective Getz obtained a warrant for arrest on Crystal Holliday for Felony Worthless Check. Mrs. Holliday was arrested on November 10, 2014 and received a $3.500.00 unsecured bond and released from custody.
About the Sheriff
Sheriff Redmond is aggressive in his approach to fighting crime and the war on drugs. He has established new programs that have increased the Office's ability to respond and investigate crime. "As a father of four children, I have a strong personal conviction to work energetically to attack our country's drug problem", said Sheriff Redmond. "Our children are our most precious resource."
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing professional law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors in Iredell County.
Sheriff Phil Redmond became Iredell County’s Sheriff in 1994 and has 38 years law enforcement experience.
First and foremost, Sheriff Redmond’s number one priority is to keep the citizens of Iredell County safe.
Sheriff Redmond is leading his office in a rapidly growing County, divided by two major Interstate Highways, I-77 and I-40. Those major highways bring people through our county daily. Some of those people transport large quantities of illegal drugs, stolen property or other contraband. The Sheriff’s “Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team” has been a powerhouse in curtailing those illegal activities, seizing large sums of money and large quantities of illegal drugs. With those seizures, Drug Interdiction Funds have been made available to further expand the work being done by Sheriff Redmond and the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Redmond is onboard with E.P.I.C. (El Paso Intelligence Center) which tracks drug traffickers from the borders of Mexico into the United States. Out of a 15-member board of directors, our office holds one of those positions.
Sheriff Redmond implemented the A.C.E. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement) unit to focus on street level drug dealers and other problem areas in the county. Drug Interdiction Funding has brought about even more sophisticated technology and equipment to be used in the fight against crime throughout our county. Since Sheriff Redmond has been in office, his officers has taken more than $176.7 million in drugs and more than $9.2 million in cash from the drug dealers in, or coming through Iredell County.
As Sheriff Redmond is looking forward to the future of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office he will continue to pursue the drug runners, dealers and users in and through Iredell County.
During Sheriff Redmond’s 19 years as Sheriff in Iredell County, many strides have been taken and many hurdles jumped to bring the Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century.
Some of the accomplishments Redmond has made as Sheriff include adding MDT (mobile data terminals), in car cameras, 800mhz radios with statewide coverage, additional (K-9 units) to the force to make it easier for officers to communicate, document and apprehend criminals for successful prosecution in our courts. Redmond has worked with County Commissioners to install a new Sheriff’s sub-station in the Iredell County Government Center South, located in Mooresville. This sub-station allows citizens of the southern end of the County to conduct business with the Sheriff’s Office, such as reporting crimes, gun permits, fingerprints for employment etc.
As Iredell County continues to experience rapid growth, the Sheriff has continued to meet that growth with his vision and planning for his first-class Sheriff’s Office and specially trained employees, and continues to be on top in his field.
Sheriff Redmond has provided thousands of hours training each year for his deputies at a level never before available to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, and has provided technology similar to that seen in television programming, such as “C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation)”. Such training is a must in today’s law enforcement world. Redmond has continually sought grant funding to help our Crime Lab grow. We now provide a criminal evidence processing center where fingerprints, blood, drugs and other evidence can be processed in our county. Now the SBI lab is backlogged more than a year-and-a- half on processing evidence submitted.
Through the efforts of Sheriff Redmond, our website has been made available to the public. www.iredellsheriff.com. is the site where all types of information and links to access law updates and specifics to the laws of North Carolina are made available to the public. This site provides various topics of information on the work of the Sheriff’s Office and is available 24 hours a day.
A recap of accomplishments through Sheriff Redmond’s tenure, we should start with the stand he took against a Judge in our district that had attempted to take the word “God” out of the courtroom. Sheriff Redmond took a stand when most political figures would not. He took a stand on the beliefs in which our forefathers stood when writing the constitution for our Country.
During the last 19 years Sheriff Redmond’s office was recognized for presenting the most federal drug charges in our 31-county district, by the US attorney’s office.
He was the 2nd in the state to implement the Sex Offender Watch Program where citizens of Iredell County can go on-line and check for registered sex offenders within one mile of their residence; this service is available 24 hours a day. He also has two full-time detectives that check the status of sex offenders in the county by personally checking their current residence and keeping track of where and when they move. Sheriff Redmond has worked with NC House members and the General Assembly on making Sex Offender laws to where sex offenders that move into our State from other areas are required to register as a sex offender in our State.
During the past 10 years Sheriff Redmond sought grant monies to fund the C.O.P.s (Community Oriented Police) unit in the Brawley School, Langtree Rd areas as well as Perth Rd, Hwy 21 South sections of Iredell County where growth is overwhelming. These units are designed to provide quality service, quicker response and community-oriented deputies to their areas of the county. Due to the rapid growth in both population and traffic, Sheriff Redmond and the citizens in those areas are working together in an effort to accomplish a common goal of community safety and awareness.
In the C.O.P.s area 9 officers are assigned to bike, motorcycle and road patrol and Lake Enforcement to assure all areas are served.
Sheriff Redmond has expanded his emphasis on proactive crime prevention by expanding the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program into the 7th grade in an effort to reduce gangs in Iredell County. He has also implemented programs where the S.R.O.s (School Resource Officers) are in all the High Schools, Middle schools and the Monticello Alternative School in the county. Now those schools have more resources for being in the classrooms talking to students about safety, traffic laws and general safety issues without taking away from their core curriculum. He also has K-9 officers to make random checks through the schools to curtail weapons and drugs on campus.
Sheriff Redmond has worked with the State and has been able to lease the 21 North Prison Camp for $1 per year, to alleviate the overcrowding at our current site, saving the taxpayers money on new construction.
Sheriff Redmond has implemented a disaster mobilization plan for the Sheriff’s Office, where in the event of a major disaster in the county, Deputies know where they are to report and be stationed. With our mobile command post we can maintain 911 service, as well as communication with the field officer and other agencies while maintaining quality service to the community. With other disasters such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, Sheriff Redmond has implemented a disaster relief unit comprised of both sworn and non-sworn staff that is ready to respond with debris removal, generators and other implements to open the roads quicker and assist in recovery efforts. He has used drug seizure monies to build an airplane hangar for the Civil Air Patrol where we would have immediate access to air support for recovery efforts in the event of a disaster or emergency. All the equipment was paid for by drug-seized monies.
Sheriff Redmond has successfully implemented a special victims unit to aid in the investigation and provides needed assistance for the victim and prosecution of the offender.
Nationally 50.3% of violent crimes and 20.2% of property crimes are cleared by arrest.
Sheriff Redmond’s statistics far exceed the national average. In 2004 the Sheriff’s Office cleared 82% of the violent crimes and 35% of the property crimes, which well exceeds the national average and is competitive with surrounding agencies in the clearance of violent crimes but far exceeds their numbers in property crime clearance rates.
Sheriff Redmond is continuing to search for new ideas and technologies to serve the citizens of Iredell County in the philosophy of Community Policing, where together we can make a difference in our communities.
2009 alone I have expanded the Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) unit in order to have deputies locating drug dealers and users traveling along our Interstates and Highways. I have also added 2 deputies through grant funding in an effort to work with the communities in the southern end of the county to reduce traffic issues and make our roads safer.
Sheriff Redmond used $513,000.00 of asset forfeiture monies to purchase 15 new vehicles for our Office to replace those that have excessive mileage on them. I will also use forfeiture monies to enhance our Crime Lab to process evidence quicker and put the suspects in jail in a timely manner.
Sheriff Redmond over the last 2 years worked with other law enforcement agencies such as Statesville Police combining forces to enhance the counties fight against domestic violence, gangs and drug interdiction and make Iredell county a safer place to live. We also have mutual aid agreements with other counties in the state to follow up on Drug trafficking and other major crimes.
In 2010 Sheriff Redmond expanded the Community Policing program where a deputy will be trained and placed in each section, possibly areas where they live, to work with communities in their area in reducing crime and working on strategies to make our county safe. We currently have this program Troutman South and it has been a success.
Sheriff Redmond is now the longest consecutive term Sheriff in the History of Iredell County.
Sheriff Redmond is working to make Iredell County the safest place in which to live, work and raise a family or operate a business.
County Seat: Statesville Population: 160,000+ Square Miles: 598
We are committed to making our County a safe place to live, raise a family, to be employed, to worship and to enjoy recreation.
OUR MISSION is to provide law enforcement services to the citizens of Iredell County, serving our community through crime prevention, drug enforcement, aggressive patrols and education.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office exists to serve all people within our jurisdiction with respect, fairness and compassion. To fulfill our mission, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and the development of its members through effective training, leadership and career development.
OUR PRINCIPLES are:
Phillip H. Redmond, Sheriff
Rick Dowdle, Chief Deputy, School Resource Officers, Lake Enforcement
Captain Clarence Harris, Narcotics/ I.C.E. / A.C.E.
Major Marty Byers, Patrol Division / Criminal Warrant Service Unit, K-9, Civil Process, Admin
Captain Mike Phillips, Crime Scene Tech, Crime Lab, Grants
Captain Bert Connolly, Detention Operations / Court Bailiff’s, Road Crew
Major Darren Campbell, Criminal Investigations, A.C.E, I.C.E., Special Victims Unit, C.O.P.’s, Narcotics, S.E.R.T. Media relations
Captain Randy Pearson, Enforcement Training / Personnel, Special projects coordinator
Captain Julie Gibson, Domestic Violence, Juvenile crimes, Special Victims Unit
Captain Rick Eades, Detention Training & Personnel, Crime Prevention
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