While the Elkin Police Department has worked hard to make sure the community safe and crime is low, one major case remains from late in the 2015 calendar year for Elkin Police Department — the incident in which a patrol car sustained a bullet hole while an Elkin officer was pumping gas on North Bridge Street.
“The only thing carrying over I believe is the patrol car shooting, and they’re still tracking down leads on that,” said Capt. Kim Robison of the Dec. 19 incident at the Speedway gas station.
She said detectives continue to get information on the case. The officer reported hearing a noise and something hit the car. When the officer returned to the driver’s side door, what appeared to be a bullet hole was in the driver’s door just below the sideview mirror.
Other crimes seemed to increase during 2015, Robison said.
“All the crimes we investigate are going up every year — larcenies, break-ins, drug charges,” she said. “It’s people’s budgets. They do what they need to to make ends meet, but breaking the law is not how to do that.
“A lot of larceny [suspects] we get are repeat customers,” she added.
As far as looking forward to 2016 and new programming and outreach the police department has planned, Robison said, “There’s a lot of things batting around in my head to present to the chief, but I’m still gathering data from other agencies who have done what I’m thinking about to make sure it is doable for Elkin.”
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.