Criminal investigations Division

 

The Shelby Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit is made up of one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, and six Detectives.  These Detectives primarily work a felony caseload, and are available to respond to an incident 24/7. 

Every incident report filed by our agency is forwarded through this unit.  Cases which meet certain criteria based upon solvability factors are assigned to an investigator for follow-up.  These cases are assigned based on the type of crime and each of our investigator's expertise.  Members of this unit conduct interviews and lawful searches during an investigation to gather information or evidence useful in reconstructing the occurrence or circumstances of an illegal act.  The primary duties of an investigator include: the apprehension of offenders, recovery of stolen property, preparation of cases for court prosecutions, and presentation of evidence in court cases.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lt. Wray Hamrick

Office (704) 484-7151

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Sgt. Carl Duncan

Office (704) 484-7161

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Assistance for Victims of Crime

Victims of all but a few felonies and all domestic violence assaults have rights afforded to them through North Carolina General Statutes.  Law enforcement agencies investigating these offenses has a duty to make victims aware of information they have a right to know.

The Shelby Police Department Criminal Investigations unit is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to incidents within our community.  Outside of normal business hours, these Detective's often work on an on-call basis.  However, you can contact a representative of our agency at any time at (704) 484-6845.

Resources Within Our Community

Medical Services

In any emergency, always call 9-1-1 for assistance.  Within the City of Shelby, there are many resources available to citizens in need of medical attention.

 

Cleveland County Emergency Medical Services

100 Justice Place

Shelby, NC 28150

(704) 484-4984

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Cleveland County Healthcare Center

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Cleveland Regional Medical Center

201 E. Grover Street
Shelby, NC 28150
(704) 487-3000
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Pathways

24-Hour Hotline- 1-800-898-5898

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Crime Victim Compensation Services

In North Carolina, compensation funds for victims of crimes are handled through the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, Victims Compensation Services Division.

Victims Compensation Services reimburses citizens who suffer medical expenses and lost wages as a result of being an innocent victim of a crime committed in North Carolina. Victims of rape, assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and drunk driving, as well as the families of homicide victims are eligible to apply for financial help.

 

Victims Compensation Services
4703 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4703
1-800-826-6200

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For more information about victim's rights, visit the North Carolina Victim's Assistance Network

District Attorney's Office

The Cleveland County District Attorney's Office is located in the Cleveland County Law Enforcement Center.  The District Attorney's Office has a Victim's Advocate who is available to assist victims of crime in our community.

 

Cleveland County District Attorney's Office

Richard L. Shaffer, District Attorney

100 Justice Place

Shelby, NC 28150

(704) 476-7810

NC Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification

SAVAN (Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification) helps victims of crime get custody status and court information about offenders. It is a free 24-hour per day service that is available in both English and Spanish. In addition, SAVAN automatically notifies registered victims of important events, such as release of an inmate or scheduled court events.

You can access the SAVAN system by calling 1-877-NCSAVAN, or access their website by clicking here

 

You can also download a copy of the Shelby Police Department's pamphlet, A Guide for Victim's of Crime in Shelby, by clicking here.

IDENTITY THEFT

 

What Is Identity Theft?

North Carolina General Statue 14-113.20, "Financial Identity Fraud," makes it a felony to knowingly obtain, possess, or use the identifying information of another person with the intent to fraudulently represent that person for the purposes of making financial transactions or avoiding legal consequences. Your “identifying information” includes items such as Social Security number, driver’s license number, and banking and credit account numbers.

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing areas of crime in history. According to the NC Attorney General’s Office, 286,000 North Carolinians are victims of identity theft each year. A typical victim spends on average $800 and 175 hours over 23 months to clean up his or her credit. These numbers are growing every year. In 2003, ID theft cost US businesses $47.6 billion.

 

What can you do to prevent identity theft?

Take these common sense measures:

 

Identity information is frequently stolen from your mailbox or from your trash. Get to know your neighbors so you can watch out for each other’s interests. Often the criminals who steal this information do so in broad daylight in suburban neighborhoods.

 

When ordering new checks, have them sent to your bank and pick them up there. If you have a locking post office box, you may also choose to have them sent there. Sometimes victims of identity theft receive a letter or notice indicating that they have a bank or credit account that they know they don’t have. The person may throw it away or ignore it, only to discover months or years later that their credit is ruined. If you receive such mail, call the financial institution to inquire about the account.

 

When you are disposing old documents, especially personal or financial documents, shred them or tear them into little pieces before you place them in the garbage. For extra security, throw out used coffee grounds and food scraps on top of the documents.

 

When conducting business over the Internet, be careful who you send your credit card information to. Never give any information to anyone who contacts you. If you initiate the contact and are doing business with a legitimate business, you will reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

 

Think twice before using a debit card. Most debit cards have no security features; if the number gets out and a criminal empties your bank account, you suffer the entire loss. The same rule applies to using your checking account number. If your credit card number (or the credit card itself) is stolen, you likely will have some protection offered by the credit card company.

 

If you like the convenience of using a debit card at places like the grocery store, consider using an ATM card instead. The ATM card requires an access code (PIN), which provides some measure of protection. Never share your PIN and don’t write it down anywhere near the card.

 

If someone calls and asks for personal information, or tries to “confirm” your personal information, be suspicious. Never volunteer your information. Remember that the Shelby Police Department will never call you asking for money to assist us in investigating a case. Neither will your bank.

 

The more activity that takes place under your name, the longer it may take to clear it up. Check your personal credit history every year or so. You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus annually.  The three major credit bureaus are:

 

Equifax, Telephone No. 1-888-766-0008

Experian, Telephone No. 1-888-397-3742

Trans Union, Telephone No. 1-800-680-7289

 

If there has been unauthorized activity in your name, place an alert on your personal credit history. Making an alert with one of the three major credit bureaus should be sufficient. Once the complaint is made, they communicate with each other to ensure that the alert is filed.

Reporting Identity Theft

If you discover that you are the victim of identity theft, here are some things you can do. First, collect yourself. It is infuriating, frightening, and intimidating to have your good name used to commit crimes. Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by collection agencies. If they harass and pressure you, refer them to the police agency where you have filed your report. It’s not your responsibility to pay for the damage done by a criminal who has stolen your identity.

Start a folder for your records. If the crime occurred within the City of Shelby, call 704-484-6845 to file a police report. As you begin to deal with the damage to your credit, collectors and creditors will ask for the case number from the police report.

If you have access to a computer, create a standard letter indicating that your identity was stolen and list the police case number on your letter. Use this document to respond, in writing, to various businesses where your name may have been used. You can make the letter generic and amend it as necessary to reflect the name of the specific business where you are sending it.

(The above information is provided by the National Crime Prevention Council.)

Identity Theft Additional Resources

A Guide for Victims of Identity Theft

ID Theft Victim Toolkit

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

List of Community Resources for Victims of Crime

2011 Victim Analysis

Household Valuable Inventory

 

 
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