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News JCSO makes arrests in rash of break-ins and thefts

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information in regards to thefts across the county. The holiday season has showed a spike in break-ins and thefts across each community in Jackson County. Residents, businesses and vehicles have all been targets of thieves. Particularly, homes are being targeted that are unoccupied for short amounts of time.

Anyone with any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. If anyone has other helpful information, they are asked to contact crime stoppers at (828)631-1125 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Already arrested in connection with several residential thefts and a break in at Southwestern Community College, is:

Joshua John Nickens, 20, of 5 Cornice Lane, Sylva, was arrested on Dec. 8, and charged with four counts of breaking and entering; four counts felony larceny; one count possession of stolen goods; conspire to commit breaking and entering; fugitive from another state. Nickens remains in the Jackson County Detention Center under a $19,000 secure bond.

Antonitis Aurelius Robinson, 21, of 109 Citadel Drive, Cullowhee, was charged with breaking and entering; larceny; maintain place to keep controlled substances; possession with intent to sell and deliver controlled substance; drug paraphernalia; possession of stolen goods; conspiracy to commit breaking and entering. He was released after posting a secure bond.

Also arrested on Dec. 9, in an unrelated case were persons charged in connection with the larceny of trailer after being stopped by the Sheriff’s Office in traffic stop:

Travis Wayne Fisher, 26, of 183 Squeak Valley Road, Sylva, was charged with felony larceny; possession of stolen property; driving while license revoked; additional charges of breaking and entering; larceny; and possession of stolen goods from another case.

Jamison Lawrence Lassiter, 28, 32 Wilbur Sequayoh Road, Cherokee, was charged with felony larceny; possession of stolen property; additional charges of breaking and entering; larceny; and possession of stolen goods from another case.

Edward Martellas Crisp, 38, 48 Millsaps Street, Robbinsville, was charged with felony larceny; and possession of stolen property.

Additionally, the Attorney General’s Office would like to remind everyone of the ever present risks with phone solicitations. The AG’s office continually receives reports and hears of new and clever phone scams targeting citizens.

To report such acts, contact the Office of the Attorney General Roy Cooper, North Carolina Department of Justice at 919-716-6400.





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