By Beth Lawrence
After a near miss last week, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a man wanted in the break-in of a local tire shop.
Sheriff’s Office detectives are certain a man they chased in the Addie community last Friday, was Anthony Travis Arrwood.
Arrwood, 34, of Cullowhee and another person are suspected of breaking into High Country Tire at 8227 U.S. 441 on Nov. 13, Major Shannon Queen said. Arrwood’s alleged accomplice, Cassandra Chey Fox, 23, also of Cullowhee, was arrested on Nov. 19.
The detectives “were out doing a neighborhood canvass and interviews in an area where Arrwood was known to be,” Queen said. “They saw him drive by and tried to pursue him.”
By the time officers ran to their vehicles and began to give chase, Arrwood had ditched the vehicle approximately an eighth of a mile from where he was spotted. He then eluded law enforcement on foot.
“He ran through the woods and up to the old mica mines off Mineral Springs Road,” Queen said.
The vehicle was later identified as having been stolen from Western Carolina University.
Arrwood was arrested on Nov. 14 for attempting to break into a number of cars at Reservation Tire on U.S. 441 in Whittier before making entry into one and stealing it. Arrwood was given bond and released for that incident before he was identified as a suspect in the break-in at High Country Tire. The two businesses are approximately 16 miles apart.
Arrwood is alleged to have entered High Country Tire by knocking in a board that covered an opening for an air conditioner.
The thief stole a set of BF Goodrich 265/75/16 KO2 all terrain tires, a cordless Milwaukee impact drill and charger and a TPMS monitor computer. The value of the stolen merchandise comes to between $1,200 and $1,500.
Arrwood was identified as the suspect from surveillance camera footage, Queen said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 586-8901 or call 911.