With the public’s help, police identified this suspect caught on camera breaking into a hair salon. Officers were able to make an arrest within the week.

By Beth Lawrence


Sylva police have arrested a Bryson City man in connection with last week’s break-in of a local beauty salon.

Edward Lee Smith, 35, was arrested on one count each of felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property in relation to the break-in at Visage Salon on Sept. 16, Chief Chris Hatton said.

The Sylva Police Department reached out to the public to help identify the suspect, who was caught on a security camera breaking into the salon at 1143 W. Main St. at 4:20 p.m.

Smith is accused of picking up an object from the porch and using it to break a window to gain entry to the building.

“He climbed through a window to make entry and sustained some likely serious lacerations,” Hatton said. “Sylva police detectives collected samples of the blood at the scene.”

Hatton said Smith spent some time in the salon, likely looking for valuables and left.

Nothing was reported missing at the time of the break-in.

Police received an “outpouring” of tips as to the suspect’s identity and arrested Smith on Friday, Hatton said.

“The post on (the Herald’s) Facebook page let folks call to help figure out who it was,” Hatton said. “We appreciate that.”

Smith was held in lieu of a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Smith has been arrested in Jackson County on numerous charges since 2017 including: shoplifting, breaking or entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, financial card theft, possession of a non-tax-paid alcoholic beverage, misdemeanor larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.